(WMC-TV) - A unanimous vote by the Shelby County School Board of Education took Dorsey Hopson from interim to permanent superintendent.
Hopson said he remained humbled and honored by the vote. The former Memphis City Schools board attorney guided both districts through the merger this year, which included a number of highly publicized hiccups.
"This is the hardest job I've ever had in my life. It's a lot of work, but it's so important," said Hopson.
Board member David Pickler, an adversary in pre-consolidation days, made the motion to give Hopson the permanent job.
"He's proven in the toughest of battles he's able to lead and succeed," said Pickler.
Board member Kevin Woods said Hopson is committed to the children's education.
The board voted Tuesday to officially cancel the superintendent search it previously suspended after a firm failed to find viable candidates.
"I do support a national search at some point in time," said board member Teresa Jones. "I just don't think now or the next few years is the appropriate time."
The board and Hopson are looking for stability, especially with financial concerns, evolving leadership, and the pending formation of municipal districts.
Many parents seem happy Hopson agreed to take on the state's largest school district.