MPS picks new finalist in superintendent race

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News has confirmed a new finalist is in the running to become Montgomery's next superintendent of public schools.

Dr. Angela Mangum will move into a finalist's position just hours after another candidate dropped out of the running. Fred Primm, Jr. dropped out Tuesday morning for, as of yet, unknown reasons.

Mangum is no stranger to the Alabama educational landscape. She currently holds the position of Educational Administrator of the Alabama State Department of Education.

She's also a former employee of MPS having worked in the system from 1999-2002 and again from 2003-2006. She held various positions at the school and central office level including two years as adminstrative assistant at LAMP, two years as an school-wide instructional administrator, one-year as the district's chief academic officer. Mangum also spent one year as chief academic director and two years as principal at Bellingrath Junior High.

Mangum has both bachelor and master degrees from Troy University, a P-12 education administration and an educational specialist degree from Auburn University Montgomery, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama.

Mangum was chosen as a finalist by the Montgomery County Public School Board at a meeting Tuesday evening.