Jim Warford saying goodbye to Florida
Warford left his position as executive director of the Florida Association of School Administrators on Dec. 31 and is moving to Oregon to be closer to family. He told The Gradebook he will continue consulting work with the International Center for Leadership in Education.
A former Marion County superintendent, Warford's rise in Florida education circles was meteoric. Bush appointed him to the K-12 chancellor position in 2003 - essentially the No. 2 at DOE - but he left abruptly in 2005 and arguably became the most widely quoted critic of Bush's ed policies. In 2007, he was a finalist for Florida education commissioner, but the Board of Education ultimately picked Eric J. Smith.