BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) — The Marlboro County School District voted 8-0 Monday night to appoint Dr. Donald Andrews as its interim superintendent.

Andrews has 45 years of service as an educator, including 24 as a superintendent. He is a two-time North Carolina State Superintendent of the Year. He will begin work on Wednesday and continue until May 31 or until a new superintendent is found.

“I am honored and privileged to be able to serve Marlboro County School District,” Andrews said. “I am excited about this opportunity, and I want everyone to know that I feel strongly, without compromise, about educating the total child.  Of course, academics is our focus, however, we will also, as a team, position ourselves to do great things in preparing our students for an ever-changing world. We need public involvement and I want the public to know that I can be contacted by calling the District Office.  Again, I emphasize that academic achievement is our major focus, and we must all work together toward that goal.”

School board chairman Larry McNeil said Andrews comes “with a wealth of experience” and has served more than 20 years as a superintendent.

“I have all the confidence in the world in Dr. Andrews’ leadership ability and can’t wait to see how our district thrives under his supervision,” McNeil said in a news release.

Andrews takes over for Dr. Jason Bryant, who was appointed acting superintendent after the resignation of Dr. Gregory McCord.

“Dr. Andrews will be a great addition to our team,” Bryant said. “His experience, knowledge, and passion for our students will provide leadership to lead our district through this transition.  We are looking forward to growing and pushing our district to new heights.”

McCord resigned after allowing his fraternity to operate on school property. He was placed on administrative leave in September and resigned a short time later.