RICHMOND (WRIC)—On Monday, the Richmond City School Board of Education announced its three finalists for superintendent.
The candidates are Dr. Dana Bedden, former Superintendent of Irving ISD in Texas; Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in North Carolina; and Dr. Calvin Watts, Assistant Superintendent in the Division of School Improvement and Operations with Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia.
Richmond City School Board Chair Jeff Bourne said, "The search process has produced three exciting candidates we look forward to presenting to the community. Each of these individuals brings strengths that will positively impact our schools under their leadership, and we feel fortunate to have this caliber of finalists from which to select."
Dr. Bedden holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in Educational Administration from Penn State, a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, completed post-doctoral courses in School Business Leadership at Wilkes University and attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Leadership Institute for Superintendents. He has more than 20 years of administrative experience and has served as Superintendent for Richmond County, Georgia, as well as Regional Superintendent for Philadelphia Public Schools.
Dr. Jackson holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Walden University, a master's degree in School Administration from North Carolina Central University and a bachelor's degree in Music Education from East Carolina University. He was named 2013 NC Central-Region Superintendent of the Year and has worked in education for 25 years.
Dr. Watts received a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University and a bachelor's degree in English from Howard University. He completed the Superintendent Professional Development Program, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia School Superintendents Association, and was awarded the Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2010.
The finalists will all participate in three community forums on Wednesday, Dec. 18, including one that is open to the general public at Albert Hill Middle School from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The other two meetings will be with the city's educational and civic leaders.
The new superintendent will be announced on Monday, Dec. 23.
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