The Columbia County school board chose Mr. Nagle over Liberty County Superintendent Steve Wilmoth in a Tuesday night meeting.
Mr. Nagle credited colleague and community support for his selection to the system's top spot.
"They know I have a real love for this school system," he said.
Currently the associate superintendent for Columbia County, Mr. Nagle's selection ends a months-long search for a successor for retiring Superintendent Tommy Price.
A superintendent search committee selected Dr. Wilmoth and Mr. Nagle as the finalists for the post in December.
"This was a national search, and, to be honest, I don't think we could have found a more qualified candidate," school board member Mike Sleeper said.
Mr. Nagle has served as the associate superintendent in Columbia County since 1999, according to his application. Prior to that, he had served as an administrator or teacher in Columbia County schools since 1989.
Mr. Price said he brought Mr. Nagle to the central office with the expectation he might one day earn a shot at the superintendent's job.
Mr. Nagle's solid communication skills and calm demeanor made him a natural for the position, Mr. Price said.
"I think with this job you have to be able to look at all sides of an issue before you make a decision," he said. "That's very important, and (Mr. Nagle) is good at that."
After thanking the board, his family and colleagues, Mr. Nagle thanked Mr. Price, referring to him as a mentor.
"It's my desire to work hard and continue the strong heritage and traditions of this school system," Mr. Nagle said.
The board still has to officially offer Mr. Nagle the position and negotiate a salary before his selection is finalized. Should he accept, he would assume the post in July.
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IN OTHER BUSINESS
- The board gave final approval to a rezoning plan prompted by the August opening of a new elementary school in Grovetown. More than 650 pupils from Brookwood, Euchee Creek and Grovetown elementary schools will be relocated to the school.
- The board authorized the superintendent to enter into final negotiations to buy land for a new high school at Chamblin and Baker Place roads. Mr. Price expects the board to vote on the deal at its next meeting Feb. 13.