Eugene White will remain superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools after he was passed over by two out-of-state school districts, according to a statement released Friday afternoon.
White had been among the finalists for the top jobs at schools systems in Mobile, Ala., and in Greenville, S.C. But both districts chose this week to appoint internal candidates to lead their school systems.
“While I interviewed in both cities, I was not extended a job offer. And that's fine,” White said in his statement. He said he continues to receive other offers “from across the country,” but that he would not pursue any other outside offers.
“I'm going to do what needs to be done in IPS,” White said. “I'm going to make sure we put the best programs in place to continue to improve the educational opportunities for our students.”
White, 64, has been superintendent of IPS since 2005 and before that was superintendent of the Washington Township schools in Indianapolis for 11 years.
White is a native of Alabama, where he starred in high school and college basketball.
White traveled to both districts earlier this month for interviews for the jobs.