In what Township Trustee Steve Butts called a tough choice, the Greencastle Township Advisory Board has chosen Gary Haussin as its new representative on the Greencastle School Board.
Beginning July 1, Haussin will serve a four-year term in the seat formerly occupied by Kelly Lewis.
Butts expressed his confidence in Haussin to do the job, but said the board was faced with a difficult decision between multiple good candidates.
"We had some good people," Butts said. "It seemed like everyone who answered was good for the job.
"It makes me proud whenever you have such quality people."
Haussin, who works in management at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, was chosen partially for some of the experience his job gives him in logistics, budgeting and negotiating.
"I think he'll be a great complement to the board with his negotiating skills. We're really proud to have him," Butts said. "And with him dealing with unions (at Rolls-Royce) he can talk to anybody and he can see both sides of an issue."
The trustee was also impressed with the level of preparation he saw in Haussin's approach to the interview process. Haussin had his own set of questions about the board's expectations of a potential board member.
"I can't tell you how many people I've interviewed over the years, but I can't remember anyone else who came in with as many questions as he did," Butts said.
With Haussin's selection, the Greencastle School Board for the next two years begins to take shape. He joins fellow Greencastle Township appointee Mike White, Madison Township appointee Mike Dean and City of Greencastle appointee Bill Tobin.
The school corporation awaits the Greencastle City Council's selection of the city's second appointee. School board president Bruce Stinebrickner has occupied the seat for the past four years, and is one of four candidates to serve for the next four.
The city council is set to make its selection at a Thursday, June 28 special meeting.