The West Independent School District board of trustees announced David Truitt as the lone finalist for superintendent Monday evening.

Truitt will replace Marty Crawford, who left the position in August to become superintendent at Tyler ISD.

Crawford said in an interview last summer he chose the Tyler position because it was a great opportunity for growth, both personally and professionally.

Truitt has served as deputy superintendent in Waxahachie Independent School District for nine years and has a wealth of experience in both teaching and school adminsitration, according to a release from West ISD.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve West,” Truitt said. “I look forward to living and working in this great community and appreciate the board’s desire to have me join their great team.”

Truitt has a bachelor’s degree in English from Baylor University and a Master of Education Leadership from Houston Baptist University.

By state law, the district must wait 21 days before offering Truitt a contract.

West ISD board President Larry Hykel said Monday, “I would like to commend the West ISD board of trustees for their hard work and dedication to this process, and the time away from their families that was required to successfully complete this superintendent search.”