BLUE HILL — A Brewer native and longtime educator has been hired as School Union 93’s new superintendent.
Union 93 includes the towns of Blue Hill, Surry, Penobscot, Castine and Brooksville.
Reg Ruhlin will replace Mark Hurvitt, who is retiring effective July 1.
The Union 93 Board voted unanimously to hire Ruhlin at its meeting Monday at the Penobscot Elementary School.
Ruhlin is currently principal of Orono High School.
“I’m really interested in the school union organization,” said Ruhlin. That includes the “really community-centered schools in each of the five towns.”
During the interview process, the people involved, including principals, parents and others, “felt really warm, welcoming and committed,” he said.
Ruhlin’s wife, Jennifer Goldthwait Ruhlin, is a Bar Harbor native, daughter of Sheldon Goldthwait and stepdaughter of Ellsworth American columnist Jill Goldthwait.
Ruhlin said he did not intend to have a career in education. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine-Orono and worked as an engineer in his 20s before deciding to go into teaching.
“I have to give my mother credit,” Ruhlin said. “My mother [Regina Ruhlin] was a longtime middle school teacher in Bangor.”
Ruhlin said he did substitute teach for a few months after graduating from college and loved it.
After he and Jennifer moved back to Brewer in their late 20s, Ruhlin was a classroom teacher and then assistant principal at Brewer High School before finally becoming principal of Orono High School.
Ruhlin described being a principal as “awesome.”
But a superintendency was calling. Ruhlin looked at openings in a few districts before deciding to pursue Union 93.
“I’m ready for that next step in leadership,” he said.