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June 12, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

New Web Tool Announced to Aid in the Search for the Next Florida Commissioner of Education

TALLAHASSEE – The Department of Education today announced a new web tool to aid in the search for the next Florida Commissioner of Education. Launched by PROACT Search, Inc., the executive search firm hired by the State Board of Education, interested parties can log on to the Web site at and view a variety of documents related to the search. Information such as position requirements, applicant data, applicant search criteria and relevant deadlines are all available to the public through this new tool. The site will be continually updated as new applicants apply and new information is made available.

Additionally, the position is being advertised in publications throughout the country. National newspapers are running advertisements, as well as specialized publications such as Education Week and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Recruitment initiatives have begun and will follow the State Board of Education approved timeline. PROACT Search, Inc. will facilitate the identification, screening, interviewing and selection of candidates matched to Florida’s needs and interests. Over 500 recruiting letters were sent by the search firm last week to a list of potential candidates.

PROACT Search, Inc. will hold meetings and interviews in Tallahassee and Tampa today and tomorrow to gather feedback from stakeholders that will be applied to the search. All stakeholder questions will be made available on the PROACT Web site. Additionally, the State Board of Education will receive an update on the search during the next board meeting scheduled for June 19 in Miami.

Applications for the position have been requested by July 13, 2007. To date, no candidates have applied for the position. However, application submittals for this type of position typically occur closer to the application deadline. The State Board of Education is scheduled to select the next Florida Commissioner of Education in the fall.