Wednesday, November 14, 2007

KBE decides to meet November 25 to consider final decision.


(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – During its two-day meeting in Covington, the Kentucky Board of Education interviewed four finalists for the position of Commissioner of Education and discussed the next steps in the selection process.

The four finalists are:

· Jon Draud, state representative for the 63rd District and a former superintendent of the Ludlow Independent school district

· Richard Hughes, a professor at Morehead State University and former superintendent of the Hardin County school district

· Larry Vick, superintendent of the Owensboro Independent school district

· Jim Warford, executive director/CEO of the Florida Association of School Administrators and a former chancellor for Florida’s public schools

The board reviewed its selection process and agreed to continue gathering additional information. The board also indicated that, at this time, it would not seek additional applications for the position.

Chairman Joe Brothers indicated that the board would meet on Sunday, November 25, at 4 p.m. in Frankfort to consider making a final decision.

The process to select a commissioner of education began when the board identified the desired characteristics of a successful candidate. A nationwide search was conducted to recruit candidates, and the board strongly encouraged Kentucky candidates to apply. The board solicited and received input from stakeholder groups, the general public and references. More than 50 applications were received, with approximately half from Kentuckians. The board narrowed the applicants to a list of semi-finalists, then selected four finalists for interviews.

SOURCE: KDE press release

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