PHILADELPHIA, Mo. -- Deacon Windsor, principal of South Shelby High School for the past 10 years, will become the new superintendent of the Marion County R-2 School District starting July 1.
Windsor will replace Tony DeGrave, who is leaving to take a similar job in the Van-Far School District. DeGrave has been Marion County R-2's superintendent for the past two years.
Windsor is taking on the role of superintendent for the first time in his educational career, and he's grateful for the opportunity.
"I'm very humbled that they would even call upon me," he said.
Windsor said he is good friends with DeGrave, who urged him to apply for the superintendent's job.
"He called and said this place was custom made for me -- and me for it," Windsor said.
After going through the interview process with the Marion County R-2 Board of Education, Windsor said, he felt DeGrave's assessment was correct.
"It felt so comfortable," he said. "It felt like it was meant to be. I was hoping they would offer, and they did."
Windsor said he will miss South Shelby High School, which has been a big part of his life for the past decade. "There's a lot of personal ties here and 10 years of memories," he said.
Saying goodbye to South Shelby will be "extremely difficult," he said.
"Not only do I have great teammates that I work around daily -- and I see their passion -- but I'm also around great students," he said. "This is a great place, but I know I'm going to a great place."
Windsor, who will turn 49 later this month, brings 27 years of educational experience to his new position.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Central Methodist University in Fayette, he initially went to work at Paris High School -- his alma mater -- as a health teacher and football/track coach.
Windsor later taught and coached at Central Methodist for two years before he became football coach, track coach, athletic director and assistant principal at Marcelline High School. He eventually took the principal's job at South Shelby 10 years ago.
Along the way Windsor started working toward a master's degree in administration at the University of Missouri and finished the degree at Quincy University. He later earned a specialist's degree in district-level administration from William Woods University in Fulton.
Windsor and his wife, Mary, are the parents of four grown children -- all of whom graduated from South Shelby High School.