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September 20, 2002

Contact: Bill Edmonds
Florida Board of Education
(850) 201-7130

Candidate Review Team will consider two finalists for Chancellor of K-12 Public Education

TALLAHASSEE - In a conference call today, the Candidate Review Team for Florida’s Division of K-12 Public Education discussed the process of evaluating two finalists for the position of Chancellor. The finalists were brought forward by the search firm of Korn/Ferry International Inc.

The finalists are:

  • Clifford B. Janey, who has been Director of Black Studies at Northeastern University, has been in several leadership positions with Boston Public Schools, including Community District Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, and, most recently has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District in New York.

  • Carmen Varela-Russo, who has served as Superintendent of Bronx High Schools in New York, has been the Associate Superintendent of Technology, Strategic Planning and Accountability for the Broward County School Board, and is now Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore City Public School System in Maryland.

Resumes and photos of the finalists are attached.

The Candidate Review Team will interview both finalists on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Prestwick Room of the Orlando Airport Hyatt Regency, and then make a recommendation for a candidate to Education Secretary Jim Horne. He will present the recommended candidate for the Chancellor position to the Florida Board of Education for ratification at its meeting on Sept. 25 at the Orlando Airport Hyatt Regency.

Secretary Horne said Janey and Varela-Russo are excellent candidates. “We are excited about the qualities each of our finalists possess,” said Horne. “Finding a good leader for our public education system is one of the most important jobs we have to do, and these two individuals are without a doubt extremely prepared to lead our K-12 system.”

F. Philip Handy, chairman of the Florida Board of Education, said the K-12 Chancellor post is waiting to be filled by an exemplary leader. “The Board is ecstatic about the quality of leadership either of these individuals would bring to Florida,” said Handy. “These finalists are both world-class and world-renowned individuals in the field of education. This is a great opportunity for Florida.”

Candidate review team members for the Division of K-12 Public ducation are: Education Secretary Jim Horne; Lt. Governor Frank T. Brogan; F. Philip Handy, chairman of the Florida Board of Education; Pam Saylor, superintendent of Lake County Schools; Katrina Wilson-Davis, principal of The Liberty City Charter School in Miami; and Perla Tabares-Hantman, chairperson of the Miami-Dade County School Board.

Clifford B. Janey resume
Clifford B. Janey photo

Carmen Varela-Russo resume
Carmen Varela-Russo photo

The Candidate Review Team meeting agenda