Names of 4 MPS superintendent finalists released

Names of 4 MPS superintendent finalists released
Montgomery Public Schools is dealing with a drop in its credit rating. (Source: WSFA 12 News file )

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Board of Education has released the names of four finalists vying to become the system's next superintendent.

The finalists, including biographies provided by the school system, are:

Larry E. DiChiara, Ed.D. - Dr. DiChiara has 35 years of professional educational experience in public schools in Lee County, Phenix City, and Selma. That experience includes over nine years as superintendent of Phenix City Schools, one year as acting superintendent/chief administrative officer (under state intervention) of Selma City Schools and 11 years as an assistant for Lee County Schools. DiChiara has a Doctorate in School Administration, AAA and A certificates, a Masters of Science in Special Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education all from Auburn University.

Robert A. Griffin, Ed.D.  - Dr. Griffin has 27 years experience in Alabama k-12 schools with over 13 years in administrative and leadership roles. That experience includes five years as Demopolis City Schools superintendent, two years as Goshen High School's principal, four years as principal and career technical director for Troy City Schools, and other leadership positions in Lee County Schools. Griffin has a Doctor of Educational Administration, an Educational Specialist Degree, a Masters of Science Degree, and a Bachelor of Science Degree all from Auburn University.

Angela Mangum Ph.D. - Dr. Mangum has been involved in education since 1989 as a teacher, adjunct professor, principal, academic leader and superintendent. She served in Troy City Schools, Montgomery Public Schools, the Alabama Department of Education, and as superintendent of Selma City Schools from 2015 to 2017. Mangum has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership from The University of Alabama, an Education Specialist in Elementary Education from Auburn University Montgomery, a Masters of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Troy University.

Ann Roy Moore Ed.D. - Dr. Moore is the current interim superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools.  She began her work in education in 1972. She has served as a teacher, consultant, principal, curriculum specialist, manager of elementary education, deputy superintendent and superintendent in Huntsville City Schools, and teacher for Florence City Schools. She has also served as an adjust professor at several Alabama colleges. She has AA and A certificates in K-12, and superintendent certification from Alabama A&M University, a Doctorate in Curriculum Leadership, Personnel and Early Childhood from Vanderbilt University, an Education Specialist in Elementary Education and a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of North Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Hampton University.

On Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon there will be a meet and greet with the candidates at the Professional Services Center (PSC) at 510 South Union Street.

The board will interview each candidate in a meeting on Thursday starting at 1 p.m. and should announce the winner by the close of the meeting. Anyone who wishes to suggest a question for the board to ask the candidates should submit them via email to by noon Wednesday.

On May 15 at 5 p.m. the board will have its combined meeting for May.

Alabama Department of Education Interim Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson released the following statement Tuesday:

"MPS has the authority to select a superintendent. During intervention the State superintendent has full authority to override the decision. I will review the credentials of the person selected and the contract including salary, benefits and length of proposed contract before making a decision."

On Feb. 9, 2017, the Alabama State Board of Education approved then State Superintendent Michael Sentance's recommendation to intervene into MPS.

In January, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to approve a settlement agreement between the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Education Association that allowed the MCBOE to hire an interim superintendent. The settlement agreement was the result of a lawsuit AEA filed against the state department of education in September on behalf of MPS employees.

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