Teresa Weatherall Neal has been selected as the new superintendent for Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Weatherall Neal, a 1997 Grand Valley graduate, was selected by the district's Board of Education on June 18.
During her time at Grand Valley, Weatherall Neal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration.
According to district officials, Weatherall Neal has served GRPS for 35 years and graduated from Creston High School. She also served as assistant superintendent of community and student affairs for the past nine years.
Prior to that, she served in several capacities, including co-director of community and student services, coordinator of compliance, administrative assistant, and student worker.
Following her appointment, Weatherall Neal released this statement:
"I am honored and humbled by the Board's support and endorsement of our work thus far. There is no doubt in my mind that we have the right team and are headed in the right direction. We have a lot of heavy lifting to do, but I am confident that this community is eager and ready for action that builds off the great things happening in GRPS."
Neal is married with two children and two grandchildren.