William Hudson, a North Augusta High School assistant principal, was appointed by the Aiken County School Board as the new Aiken County Career and Technology Center director.

Board members confirmed the School District administration's recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday.

He will succeed Brooks Smith, who left the Aiken County School District recently to become a District administrator in Greenville County.

Hudson is a 1996 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a focus on operations management. He received a master's degree in education administration from the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, in 2007.

He started his teaching career in 1998 as a business education instructor at Allendale-Fairfax High School. The following year, Hudson taught business education at South Aiken High School. In 2006, he took the same position at North Augusta High School before being named an assistant principal there in 2008.

Hudson's new assignment led to two other appointments. Latonya Young, an assistant principal at North Augusta Middle School, will move into Hudson's role at North Augusta High.

Eric Lewis, a teacher-leader at Paul Knox Middle School, will share part-time duties as an assistant principal and teacher at North Augusta Middle School.

Young received a bachelor's degree at Charleston Southern University in 2000. Three years later, she was awarded a master's degree from Webster University. In 2011, Young received an education specialist degree from Cambridge College.

In the 2004 to 2005 school year, she served as a special-education teacher at Springfield Elementary School in Charleston. She then taught special education in Virginia – spending two years at Ruffner Academy in Norfolk, and one year at Trantwood Elementary School in Virginia Beach.

Young then accepted a position as a teacher/administrative intern at Alston Middle School in Summerville from 2008 to 2012. For the next year, she served as a special education coordinator for the School District's Division of Special Programs, followed by the North Augusta Middle School position.

Lewis earned a master's degree in divergent learning from Columbia College in 2007. He went on to earn an education special degree in teaching and learning from Augusta State University. Three years later, Lewis was awarded a second specialist degree in education leadership from Georgia Regents University.

He taught at North Augusta Middle School from 2005 to 2010 before becoming a reading interventionist at Aiken Middle School until 2013.

Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter.