The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the hiring of David Watkins as the principal of Ramay Jr. High, effective July 1, 2016.
"We are excited to welcome an educational leader of Mr. Watkins stature to our school district," said incoming superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt. "He is a proven, highly effective administrator, and, as a former Ramay student, he fully appreciates the culture and proud history of Ramay."
Watkins is currently the principal at Kimmons Jr. High School in Fort Smith, a position he has held since 2010. He will replace current Ramay principal Lori Linam, who is resigning to care for a family member.
"I want to say how happy I am to be a part of the Fayetteville School District," said Watkins. "It is an honor and privilege to be selected as Principal of Ramay Junior High. I look forward to the upcoming school year and getting to know the faculty and students while we work together to continue our mission of providing the best education possible.
Watkins earned a bachelor's in education from the University of Arkansas in 1993, a master's in educational leadership from Arkansas Tech University in 2002, and an educational specialist degree from the Arkansas Tech in 2007. He has also completed the Master Principal Institute, phases I and II.
Prior to serving as the principal at Kimmons, Watkins served as assistant principal at Southside High School and at Butterfield and Darby Jr. High Schools in Ft. Smith. He has also served as classroom teacher and coach.