Manatee County School District deputy superintendent of instruction Diana Greene has been named as a finalist for a superintendent job in Richland County, S.C.
The Richland School District 1 trustees, which includes governing Columbia, S.C., schools, have named three finalists in the district’s search for a new superintendent.
The other finalists are a superintendent from Alabama and the founder and director of a student-centered institute.
Board members have been interviewing seven candidates chosen from a pool of 77 for initial interviews with the help of BWP & Associates, a national superintendent search firm. They also considered feedback from employees and community members and the results of an online survey, the district said in a release Saturday evening.
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“We received 77 applications for this job from candidates in 26 states,” said Board Chairwoman Cheryl Harris. “We were impressed with the high quality of the candidates we interviewed. We are looking for the right person who can build upon our successes and take us to the next level. We selected three candidates that we believe can accomplish that. Our next step will be determining the best of these three.”
The three finalists for the position as leader of the district that serves downtown Columbia, northwest Columbia and Lower Richland County are:
John Covington, Ph.D., most recently founded the National Institute for Student-Centered Teaching and Learning after serving as chancellor of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority. Prior to this post he was superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools in Missouri, Pueblo City Schools in Colorado and Lowndes County Public Schools in Alabama. He began his career in education as a teacher and has served as a counselor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and executive assistant to the superintendent in districts in Alabama.
Craig Witherspoon, Ph.D., was most recently superintendent of Birmingham City Schools in Birmingham, Ala. Prior to this post he served as superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools in North Carolina. He began his educational career as a teacher and became an assistant principal, a principal and an assistant superintendent in school districts in Virginia and North Carolina.
Greene, deputy superintendent of instruction for Manatee Public School. Prior to her time in Bradenton, she was deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Marion County Public Schools in Ocala. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher. In addition to her posts as deputy superintendent, she has served as a curriculum coordinator, an assistant principal, a principal and director of staff development in Florida school districts.
Resumes of the finalists are posted on Richland 1’s website at www.richlandone.org.
Harris said the board is planning a reception for employees and members of the community to drop in and meet and greet each candidate. The date, time and location will be announced soon.
The board hopes to make a decision by late-February, but Harris cautions that members will take the time needed to complete the process of selecting a new superintendent to lead the district.
“This is one of the most important decisions the board makes, so we will take whatever time is necessary to get it right,” said Harris. “We have appreciated the support and interest from the community and look forward to announcing the next leader of our school district when the selection process is finished.”