The Aiken County Board of Education has appointed Ute Aadland as the new Wagener-Salley High School principal.

She is currently an Aiken High School assistant principal and is succeeding Pat Keating, the District's new adult education director.

The Board also filled seven assistant principal positions at a meeting on Tuesday.

Aadland previously served as a Fox Creek High School assistant principal. She joined the Aiken High staff in 2009 and earned a master's degree in public administration at the University of South Carolina and a master's in educational leadership at Augusta State University.

The assistant principal appointees are as follows:

• Mark Brown will become a South Aiken High School assistant principal. Currently a resident of Galivants Ferry, he earned a B.S. degree in chemistry and a Master of School Administration from UNC Pembroke University.

• Phyllis Gamble will become a full-time assistant principal at North Augusta Middle School. For the past year, she has serve as a part-time assistant at the school. She received a master's degree in education at Augusta State.

• David Hanna will become a part-time assistant principal at both Schofield Middle School and Kennedy Middle School. For the past year, he served as a part-time assistant principal and math interventionist at Schofield. Hanna earned an Educational Specialist degree at Augusta

State. He also has a Master in Arts degree from the University of Mississippi.

• Jason Schumpert will become a new assistant principal at Midland Valley High School. For the past year, he has been an administrative assistant at Laurens District 55 High School. Schumpert earned a Master's in sports administration for the U.S. Sports Academy and a master's in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.

• Natonia Sullivan will become an assistant principal at the Center for Innovating Learning at Pinecrest. She has a B.A. in early childhood education from USC Aiken and a Master in Education in school administration from Cambridge College.

• Tameika Valentine will succeed Aadland as an Aiken High assistant principal. She currently is a business teacher at Jackson Middle

School. Valentine received a Master in Education in divergent learning at Columbia College and a Master's in curriculum and instruction at the University of Scranton.

• LoTonya Young will become a part-time assistant principal and teacher at North Augusta Middle School. For the past year she has served as a special education coordinator with the Department of Special Programs. Young has a Master of Arts in counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in education leadership from Cambridge College.

Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001. He is a native of Walterboro and majored in journalism at the University of Georgia.