The next superintendent of Riverside-Brookfield High School is about half the age of the current interim superintendent. Thursday night the Riverside-Brookfield Township High School District 208 Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint 34-year-old Dr. Kevin Skinkis superintendent of District 208 effective July 1.

Skinkis, a native of Cicero, is currently in his fourth year as the principal of Bartlett High School. Before becoming the principal at Bartlett he served as an assistant principal at Mundelein High School. Prior to that he was a social studies teacher and a dean at Morton East High School.

He holds a doctoral degree in education from National-Louis University, a master’s degree from Benedictine University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He was a center and long snapper on the football team at SIU. He was a standout football player at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park and was recently inducted into the Nazareth Hall of Fame.

Skinkis signed a three-year contract Thursday night. His initial salary will be $175,000 a year.

He impressed board members during the interview process with his energy.

“His interview performance was head and shoulders above anyone else we talked to,” said District 208 school board President James Marciniak.