Commissioner applications continue to trickle in
While much speculation has turned to whether ousted Indiana superintendent of public instruction Tony Bennett might seek Florida's education commissioner job, a handful of lesser known applicants have submitted their resumes for consideration.
The most notable name in the latest group is Milton C. Johns, chairman at large of the Prince William County (Va.) School Board. Johns also is a member of the Radford University Board of Visitors, and an education adviser to U.S. Rep. Bob Wittman and Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. He's also a lawyer and novelist.
The other newest applicants include a Virginia-based education consultant who once led a Christian school system, a school principal in the Dallas school district, and a teacher/administrator from Georgia.
The Florida Board of Education needs a new commissioner because Gerard Robinson resigned this past summer after just a year on the job. He returned to Virginia, where he served as education secretary before coming to Florida. Pam Stewart has served as interim commissioner since Robinson's departure, and many leaders including most recently Board of Governors chancellor Frank Brogan have advocated to keep Stewart permanently.
Candidate interviews are scheduled for the board's December meeting in Tampa.