On June 10, the Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors approved the hire of Brian Campbell to replace departing Searsport District Middle and High School Principal Gregg Palmer in the fall.

Campbell currently serves as 10th grade “house principal” at Central Bucks High School South in Warrington, Penn. and served previously as assistant principal at Morse High School in Bath.

The 41-year-old started his career in education as an English teacher 15 years ago, teaching for five years before moving to administration. He has worked in schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. At a private academy in Orford, NH, he was exposed to standards-based education, the system currently in use in Searsport.

“Mr. Palmer did a great job,” Campbell said Friday, “This initiative is a great way to assess learning, so I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Campbell said he expects to begin around July 6. Initially he said, he will commute from Whitefield, where he owns property, and where he said his twin twelve-year-old daughters may go to school.

Of coming to Searsport, he said, “The kids I met and the teachers I met seemed like a good fit.”

“He’s energetic, he’s confident, he’s extremely knowledgeable of standards-based education, which we have at Searsport High School,” said RSU 20 Superintendent Bruce Mailloux. “He’s got ample experience at that level. I think he’s going to be a real, real plus.”

Mailloux said there were 18 applicants for the position, of which four were interviewed by the district hiring committee. Mailloux recommended Campbell, and the school board approved his recommendation June 10.

“We had two top-notch candidates,” said Mailloux. “We were fortunate, because we would have been happy with either one.”

The responsibility for hiring the principal ultimately falls to the superintendent, Mailloux said, and while he said there have been times when a superintendent has not hired the candidate approved by the school board, he said there was no question about hiring Campbell.

“All of his references were outstanding,” Mailloux said, “and even some of the contacts I made that were not his references gave him nothing but glowing reviews. So, I feel pretty good about him.”

Mailloux said Campbell has “a little bit of a different style” than Palmer, who announced in April that he would be leaving the district to take a job in Falmouth, “but certainly the same philosophy.”