White among 4 superintendent candidates presented to board chair by search firm

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comApril 10, 2013 

After Monday’s Muscogee County School Board work session, board chairman Rob Varner of District 5 told the Ledger-Enquirer that the board’s superintendent search consultant, attorney Glenn Brock of Atlanta, forwarded him the applications of four candidates Brock rated as qualified enough for the board to interview. Varner said the board will consider that recommendation during its April 22 meeting.

The L-E reported last month that Phenix City native Eugene White had applied. His retirement as superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools was official last week. Varner confirmed White’s application is among the four that passed Brock’s screening.

White, however, didn’t pass the test across the Chattahoochee River in Lee County. During that school board’s April 2 work session, the Opelika-Auburn News reported, the five candidates to be interviewed don’t include White, who told the L-E he also applied for the Lee County job but prefers Muscogee. The final five in Lee County are:

• Darren Douthitt, superintendent in Butler County; former assistant superintendent for Lee County.

• Mac McCoy, superintendent in Commerce, Ga.

• Dwight Pullen, assistant professor and partnership coordinator for an extension of Central Michigan University in Georgia.

• Edwin Smith, director of assessment and instruction for Auburn City Schools.

• Elizabeth Duran Swinford, superintendent of Vicksburg Warren Schools in Mississippi.

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