On Monday, longtime Lowndes County School Superintendent Steve Smith announced his retirement.
And beginning Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Education is seeking Smith's successor.
Officials say it's essential that person understands rural education and has strong personal skills.
It's preferred they have a doctorate degree.
"But they need to understand working with rural people as well as people from cities," said Harold Chambers, the director of the Coastal Plain's Regional Education Service Agency (RESA). "They have to have a broad understanding of Georgia and the way the Georgia structure works with the Department of Education."
In the next six months, candidates will be presented to the Lowndes County School Board.
Members will make the final decision.