State board narrows finalists for state superintendent

Education stockBy Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

JACKSON – The Mississippi Board of Education will interview five candidates for state superintendent of education next week.

The new superintendent will replace Tom Burnham, who retired in July 2012. Lynn House has severed as interim state superintendent since then.

The names of the finalists have not been publicly released. The board will conduct interviews on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and a possible second round the next day. It is expected to name the new superintendent in October.

The board hired search consultant firm Ray and Associates Inc., to help with the search. The firm screened and evaluated a preliminary list of 64 candidates based on administrative experience, academic background and criteria determined by the board. Eleven semifinalists were chosen, including candidates from Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The board chose the five finalists from that list.

“I think the process has gone very well, and the Board was pleased with the candidates,” Board Vice Chariman Hal Gage said in a press release from the state department of education. “Ray and Associates brought us a strong group of candidates, and I’m looking forward to the interviews.”

Gage is chair of the search process.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com