Seven applicants, including retired Hillsborough superintendent Earl Lennard, have made the first cut in the hunt to become Florida's next education commissioner.
The State Board of Education picked the finalists today, following the recommendations from Proact Search president Nancy Noeske. She presented the list based on candidates who met the July 23 application deadline. The board refused, on a 4-3 vote, to accept any late filings, including a current US Department of Education high level official and the head of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.
Those who remain are:
- Lennard, who retired as Hillsborough superintendent two years ago and currently works with the state workforce innovation programs.
- Cheri Yecke, Florida's current K-12 chancellor who previously headed the education departments in Virginia and Minnesota.
- Jim Warford, Yecke's predecessor as chancellor who currently heads the Florida Association of School Administrators.
- William Moloney, recently retired Colorado education commissioner.
- William Harner, deputy to the CEO of the Philadelphia school system.
- Joseph Marinelli, a regional superintendent in the New York State education system.
- Eric Smith, senior vice president for college readiness, the College Board and former superintendent of Anne Arundel (Maryland) public schools.
The board plans to interview the candidates on Sept. 17-18. To see the finalists' resumes, visit the search website by clicking here.