TCS names next superintendent

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Tiffin City Schools Board of Education President Chris Widman (left) welcomed Gary Barber (right) as the next superintendent of Tiffin City Schools Wednesday.

Tiffin City Board of Education appointed a new superintendent during a special board meeting Wednesday night.

The board approved a $175,000 per-year, three-year contract effective Aug. 1 for Gary Barber, current superintendent of Marion City Schools.

“I am humbled and honored to join the Tiffin City Schools family and school community,” Barber said. “I am glad the board seen the confidence in me.”

Barber is to replace Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Vicki Wheatley, who resigned in October and is serving through the end of the school year.

The board approved the contract 4-0. Vice President Dean Henry was not present.

Barber said he believes the district’s vision for the future aligns with his talents and skills.

“The more we talked with Gary, the more we knew he was the right fit for TCS,” Chris Widman, Tiffin board president, said. “He has an excellent track record and many successes as a leader, who knows how to interact with the business community, our employees, our students, our parents, the community as a whole.”

Barber also has been an assistant superintendent and high school principal for Big Walnut Local School District in Sunbury; high school principal, assistant principal and assistant athletic director at South-Western City School District in Franklin County and athletic director for Girard City Schools.

“I and my wife are excited to move to Tiffin,” Barber said. “We are both educators and with Tiffin being known as the education community, it is exciting.”

Barber said his goals before his contract begins are “relationships, relationships, relationships.”

“I look forward to building relationships with the administration team, teachers, classified staff and discover the aspirations of the district and its students,” he said.

Specifically, Barber cited the board’s and district’s continuation of getting students ready for college and careers.

Barber indicated he also is excited to become involved with a progressive city such as Tiffin, with a progressive leader in Mayor Aaron Montz.

Barber earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Ashland University and a bachelor of arts degree in sports management from Youngstown State University.

Barber has served in the Marion Rotary Club and on the Marion County United Way board. He is a member of Buckeye Association of School Administrators and other Ohio educational associations.

During public comment Wednesday, resident Mark Hoerig welcomed Barber to Tiffin and said he looks forward to the advancement of Tiffin City Schools under his leadership.

The board worked with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center during the superintendent search, which produced about 30 applicants. 

Widman said the ESC did a fantastic job finding a new superintendent.

“It is not an easy process and as a board, we could not have done it on our own,” Widman said. “I am excited and pleased with our decision to go with the ESC. I feel they found the best person for Tiffin City Schools.”