Search for the Chief Turnaround Officer Speeds Up

Friday September 01, 2017

The search for Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Officer has moved to a higher gear.

The search is being directed by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) under the auspices of the State Board of Education and the Georgia Turnaround Council.  The timeline for applications has closed with 56 individuals from across the nation completing the application process.  The NASBE staff will interview each of the applicants and narrow the number to 15.

Each of the 15 applications will then be interviewed by three members of the

Turnaround Council (Dr. Allene Magill of PAGE, Ms. Kimberly Evans, CEO of the Richmond County Boys and Girls Club, and Mr. Lex Rainey of the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce and former Gilmer County Schools Superintendent) who will join three members of the State Board of Education.  The six-member panel will reduce the field to 3-5 individuals that will be interviewed by the full Turnaround Council and full State Board of Education.

It is anticipated that the State Board will announce their decision at the November meeting of the Board of sooner.  The CTO will then begin the process of hiring Turnaround Coaches to work with the individual schools selected to participate in the effort.

In addition to Dr. Magill, Ms. Evans, and Mr. Rainey, the Turnaround Council consists of Ms. Valerie Wilson, GSBA, Dr. John Zauner of GSSA, Dr. Melissa Ladd, a teacher in Coweta County and representing GAE, Dr. Rosemary Vaugh of Educators First, Ms. Cassandra Washington, CEO of Hutchings College and Career Academy in Macon, and Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta City Schools Superintendent, and Dr. Jimmy Stokes from GAEL.  Questions regarding the search should be directed to Council Chairman Jimmy Stokes at