The Cape Elizabeth School Board announced Tuesday that it has hired an interim superintendent for the coming school year while the search continues for a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Meredith Nadeau.

Howard Colter is retiring this month as superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, a post he has held since 2012 and previously held from 1994 to 2004, according to the Mount Desert Islander.

A former high school teacher and principal, Colter also has held superintendent positions in Barrington, Oyster River and Amherst/Mount Vernon, New Hampshire; Mount Greylock in Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Potter Valley, California, according to a news release from Elizabeth Scifres, chairwoman of the Cape Elizabeth School Board.

“The variety and depth of Mr. Colter’s experience made him an ideal match for Cape Elizabeth,” Scifres said.

A search committee recently named two finalists for the superintendent’s position, but both candidates withdrew from consideration. The school board is expected to resume its search this winter.

Nadeau, who has been superintendent for five years, will leave in June to become superintendent of the elementary and junior-senior high schools in Newmarket, New Hampshire.

Colter has a master’s degree in education from Tufts University and school administration credentials from the University of San Francisco, Scifres said.

The school board was scheduled to officially appoint Colter on Tuesday night. He’s expected to start July 1.