MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The list of possible candidates to become the next Ala. Superintendent of Public Schools has narrowed to four. Here's a short biography on each candidate provided by the Alabama Dept. of Education.
Dr. Thomas Bice is from Alabama and is currently Deputy State Superintendent of Education in Alabama. He has served as superintendent of Alexander City Alabama, and was a principal and classroom teacher in the same district. He earned his Doctorate of Education at Auburn University and is President of the Deputies Leadership Commission with the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Mr. Mark Bounds is currently Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness in South Carolina. He has had several positions within the South Carolina Department of Education since 2000. Prior to joining the South Carolina Department of Education Mr. Bounds was in the U.S. Army and retired as Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Chief of Staff at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Mr. Bounds has a Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Mr. Byron Garrett is from Clinton, Maryland and is the President and CEO of Life Works International, a consulting firm providing services for national education initiatives. Prior to this position he was the CEO of the National PTA. He served as chief policy advisor to then Governor Janet Napolitano. He was the COO of Progressive Schools Inc. a charter school initiative in California. Mr. Garrett is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership, Administration & Policy at Pepperdine University.
Dr. Warren "Craig" Pouncey is from Alabama and is currently Deputy State Superintendent of Education for Administrative and Financial Services in Alabama. He was superintendent in Crenshaw County schools and prior to that, served as Assistant Principal and a classroom teacher in Crenshaw County. He earned his Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Samford University.