The public had its first opportunity on Friday to meet the two finalists in the running to be Glynn County schools’ next leader.

The school board named Sung Hui Lewis and Virgil Cole as the two candidates to take over as the next superintendent.

And on Friday evening, the board hosted an informal meet-and-greet, inviting community members to meet with and pose questions to Lewis and Cole.

Both candidates also had the opportunity to discuss their career histories, as well as their goals for the school district.

“I have long admired Glynn County as a community and a school system, and I would be very excited to be part of such a wonderful place to live and work,” Cole said.

Cole, who currently serves as assistant superintendent of administrative services for the Henry County school system, has 20 years of experience in education.

He said the success of any school system begins with a great collective vision.

“It will take all of us — teachers, leaders and community members — working together as a team to promote high expectations and a quality education for all students,” he said. “I am ready to accept this mission, and it’s going to take all of our key stakeholders, including you here today, to truly become the best district we can be.”

Lewis, a Brunswick native, has had a 32-year career working in Glynn County schools. She currently serves as assistant superintendent for early academics.

“My vision for the Glynn County schools is that we can take this county — which is a good and strong county — but we can make it better,” she said. “We can make it great.”

Lewis said she hopes to place Glynn County schools among the top in the state.

“We have to provide our community with children who are productive citizens,” she said.

The meet-and greet event, held in Brunswick High’s auditorium, attracted nearly 150 people, including parents, teachers and school administrators.

Community members are invited to provide feedback on the school system’s website.

A “Superintendent Candidates Input” tab can be found on the righthand side of the homepage.

“We want to take that, put it together, compile it, and we’re going to use that in our selection process,” school board vice chairman Jerry Mancil said. “We do appreciate that, and we look forward to all your comments.”