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December 7, 2001

CONTACT: Lauren Cain
Director of Communications

Florida Board of Education Approves Selection Process and Job Descriptions for K-20 Leadership Team

The Florida Board of Education today unanimously approved the process, timeline and position descriptions that will be used to recruit and hire the Secretary's Leadership Team, whose members oversee each delivery systems in the state's seamless education system.

The vote, taken during a scheduled conference call, establishes the criteria for the selection of the chief administrator for Public Schools (kindergarten-grade 12 education), Community Colleges, Colleges and Universities (including the state's independent four-year institutions) and Independent Education. Each chancellor will report directly to the Secretary of Education, who is responsible for carrying out the vision of the Florida Board of Education and oversight for the K-20 education system.

"We want talented and experienced candidates to apply," said Florida Board of Education Secretary Jim Horne. "We are looking for great leaders, people who are innovative and bold."

In defining the roles of the leadership team, the position descriptions reinforce the state's sweeping education reorganization and its pioneering efforts to unite previously separate delivery systems under one education governing board. It stresses that potential candidates should possess proven effective leadership experience in producing improvement in student achievement, who are knowledgeable and supportive of the state's education reform efforts and who possess a proven commitment to accountability and diversity.

The selection process directs the Secretary, in consultation with the FBOE members, to appoint a candidate review team and to select a national search firm in December, to advertise and review applicants in January 2002, to review top candidates in February 2002 and to present the top candidate to the FBOE in March 2002.

The Secretary's key staff positions were created by the 2001 Florida Legislature as part of the Education Governance Reorganization Implementation Act following the enactment of a 1998 constitutional amendment creating an appointed Board of Education. The legislation establishes the Florida Board of Education as the single strategic voice for education and implements the state's seamless, student-centered education governance structure.

A copy of the selection process, timeline and position descriptions is available at the Florida Board of Education website at