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Camas taps Doug Hood as interim superintendent

He’s district’s director of elementary education; Snell successor sought

By , Columbian staff writer

The Camas School Board voted Thursday to appoint Doug Hood, the district’s director of elementary education, as interim superintendent for the 2021-22 school year while it uses next school year to find a permanent replacement for outgoing Superintendent Jeff Snell.

The board hired Nebraska-based search firm McPherson and Jacobson to conduct its permanent superintendent search to replace Snell, who announced last month he’s leaving the 7,000-student district to become superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools. Snell, the district’s superintendent since 2016, begins his post in Vancouver on July 1.

McPherson and Jacobson is the same search firm VPS used to help find Snell behind a Vancouver-based lead consultant.

“Jeff left some very large shoes to fill,” board President Tracey Malone said. “We want to be certain that the district continues on its course while we look to fill the superintendent role. Doug Hood will do an amazing job moving us forward next year.”

Hood, a 25-year educator, has worked as the district’s director of elementary education since 2018. He previously was a classroom teacher, associate principal, principal and executive director of elementary and middle schools in Vancouver Public Schools.

“I am looking forward to continuing our equity work as we continue to examine our practices and systems to ensure that our students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their passions and who they are as individuals,” Hood said. “The next school year will come with challenges, possibilities, and opportunities in our continuation to develop our practice of serving students and families in Camas.”