About that extended search
The extra 10 days haven't done much for the State Board of Education's hunt for a new education commissioner. Since pushing back the application deadline from July 13 to this coming Monday, a whopping ZERO new candidates have submitted packets. (That's if we're to believe the search web site.) What's perhaps more surprising is that no one has withdrawn.
As you might suspect, it's tough to get folks who want such a high-powered job to go on the record discussing the process, especially before it's over. But we at the Gradebook have heard rumblings about the message received by the board's move to put out new feelers three days after the deadline had passed. Just think about it: How would you feel if you applied on time, thought you were fully qualified and then learned the search firm was going to try to "broaden the field"?
If the intent was to pressure someone who hadn't applied into the field, that clearly hasn't worked. So the story of the commissioner search remains who didn't apply, rather than who did.
UPDATE: One candidate, Bennie Williams, has pulled his name out of contention. He is chief operating officer of the Defense Logistics Agency in Virginia.