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PRESS RELEASE

December 19, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Announces Frances Haithcock as New K–12 Public Schools Chancellor

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith today announced Dr. Frances Haithcock, as the new Florida K-12 Public Schools Chancellor. Haithcock will replace current Chancellor, Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke, starting Jan. 1, 2008, who will be transitioning to a new career at the university level.

“Frances began her educational career in Florida and has a unique understanding of the challenges we face in our K–12 system,” said Commissioner Smith. “I look forward to working with her to address these challenges and to ensure that our students are prepared for the rigorous demands of today’s global economy.”

Haithcock has more than 30 years of experience in Florida’s education system, including six years as Deputy Superintendent and six years as North Area Superintendent for Broward County Public Schools. In addition, Haithcock served as Principal of J.P. Taravella High School, and Assistant Principal, Director of Guidance, and Guidance Counselor at South Plantation High School.

Haithcock most recently served as the Senior Director of EXCELerator Schools for The College Board. Previously, she served as Interim Superintendent and Associate Superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the children of Florida,” said Dr. Yecke. “Dr. Haithcock is bringing a wealth of experience to the Department of Education, and I am confident that she will serve our students well.”

A native of North Carolina, Haithcock received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, a Master of Education from Florida Atlantic University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Miami.