The Ennis ISD superintendent of schools position has been vacant for 11 months. That changed Tuesday when the Ennis ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Jay Tullos as the lone finalist for the superintendent of schools.

Tullos has served as superintendent for Canton ISD since 2010. The four-campus district served 2,177 students, whereas Ennis ISD includes 10 schools with over 5,000 students.

The state requires a 21-day waiting period before the hire a new superintendent can become official, after which trustees are expected to offer Tullos a contract for employment.

“My family and I are excited about the opportunity to join Ennis ISD," stated Tullos in an EISD press release. "I look forward to working with the staff and community in continuing to prepare our students for success not only in the classroom but in life."

Tullos was previously nominated for the Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, served on the Commissioner’s Cabinet for the Texas Commissioner of Education, and has been a member of the Region 10 Advisory Committee.

EISD board president Bramlet Beard said the search for a new superintendent “has been long, but very necessary.”

He continued, “In a superintendent search, there are numerous, very well-qualified candidates to consider. The board has spent countless hours researching and interviewing many of these with the ultimate goal of finding the one candidate that would best fit our district and the community. We definitely feel that we have found this in Jay Tullos.”

Beard added, “On behalf of the EISD Board of Trustees, I want to say that we are thankful to all of the candidates who were interested in our district. It has given us much to think about as well as much to take pride in. We understand that this is a major decision, and we have placed great significance on a choice that we feel will continue taking us from where we are to where we want to be.”