The School Board conducted public interviews on Monday and Wednesday with the candidates, including Daria, who has served as interim superintendent since the resignation of Paul McKendrick back in May 2016.
Board chair Lee Garrison said he is pleased with the hire and looks forward to witnessing the system's progress under Daria's administration.
“He is a strong leader,” Garrison said. “He gets along well with people in the community and the board. He’s a great communicator. He’s going to do a great job, and the board is going to support him. As long as we do that and let him do his job, then this system is headed to new heights."
Daria beat out three other candidates: TCS Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Avis Williams, Huntsville City Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Barbara Cooper and Rockdale (Georgia) County Board of Education Assistant Superintendent Dr. Garrett Brundage.
"I am excited to be chosen as the superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Schools,” Daria said. “We have a bright future, and it is an honor to be selected to serve. I want to thank the board and the community for trusting me as we all work together to take our schools to the next level of excellence.”
Daria, a University of Alabama graduate, began his career in education with the Greene County Schools, before coming to the Tuscaloosa City Schools in 1996. He has served as an English teacher, assistant principal, principal, executive director of personnel and assistant superintendent/interim superintendent.
He will take office before school begins for students on Aug. 11.