AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Several months after Dr. Robert J. Arnold shared his plans to retire as superintendent of Amherst County Public Schools, a graduate and longtime employee of the district has been named as his successor.

According to school officials, when Arnold announced his retirement, the division worked with Real Synergy, LLC. to select the next superintendent.

After interviewing some highly-qualified candidates, the Amherst County School Board made a unanimous decision to hire Dr. William Wells — a 1986 graduate of Amherst County High School and a 29-year employee of the district — pending finalization of contractual details.

Wells currently serves as the assistant superintendent for Amherst County Public Schools, but he has held several other positions in the division, including coach, teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Monelison Middle School and Amherst County High School.

School officials tell WFXR News they expect to hold a public signing ceremony and reception to formally welcome the new superintendent in mid-June.