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Applicant list for Florida education commissioner begins to shape up

In preparation for its candidate interviews next week, the Florida State Board of Education has begun to receive names of applicants who wish to replace Eric J. Smith as Florida education commissioner.

Board vice chairman Roberto Martinez forwarded us a list he received from the board's assistant, along with the note that more names might still trickle in over the next few days. As long as they're postmarked May 25 or earlier, they'll be considered.

On top of the list, which follows, Martinez wrote, "I understand Tom Gallagher also applied." Gallagher won the elected commissioner job in 1998, serving two years before winning a special election to become Florida's treasurer and insurance commissioner. 

Here's the list of applicants, which included names only. We've attempted to identify as many of them as possible:

  • Wayne Alexander, former Hernando County schools superintendent
  • Loretta Costin, Florida chancellor of career and adult education
  • Williamson Evers, Hoover Institution research fellow and former US assistant secretary of education
  • Thomas Goodman, former San Diego schools superintendent and current superintendent of Education Management Systems
  • Christopher Hammill, interim superintendent, Mt. Morris (MI) schools
  • Thomas Jandris, CEO, Progress Education Corp. and former consultant on Detroit Public Schools reforms
  • Marvin Jeter, former assistant superintendent, Tulsa (OK) public schools
  • Bessie Karvelas, chief instructional officer, Chicago Public Schools
  • Jeffrey Lipp, Broward County school teacher
  • Brian Lomio, Pasco County school teacher
  • Carlos Lopez, superintendent, River Rouge (MI) School District
  • Ofelia San Pedro, former deputy superintendent of Miami-Dade schools, COO of Kaplan Virtual Education
  • Randy Shaver, former superintendent, Tupelo (MS) Public Schools

[Last modified: Saturday, May 28, 2011 7:08am]


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