TOWNSEND -- Brad Morgan is the North Middlesex Regional School Committee's pick for superintendent.
In a close vote, the committee voted 5-4 Monday to appoint Morgan to lead the school district starting July 1 pending contract negotiations. He will be informed of the appointment Tuesday.
"He has the qualities and skills to get us to the next level," said committee member Jonna Clermont.
The committee spent more than an hour before making the decision.
Four finalists interviewed with the committee last week. About 20 candidates applied for the position.
Morgan is principal of Essex Technical High School in Danvers.
He previously served as an assistant principal in Andover and Marblehead, an education consultant, a social studies teacher in Chelmsford, and adjunct professor at Endicott College in Beverly.
Morgan will take over for Joan Landers, who has headed the district since 2012.
Committee member Mike Morgan, who initially joked that he and Brad Morgan could be related, discovered after the interview that there may be a distant family relation between them. That potential relation has been disclosed to the state.