Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five is a step closer to hiring a new superintendent. Trustees narrowed their slate of candidates to three Thursday night.
The candidates are Dr. Ahmed Sean Alford, chief instructional officer of the Beaufort County School District; Dr. Cecelia Greenberg-English, superintendent of Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District in California and Mrs. Cynthia Wilson, a regional superintendent in the Houston Independent Schools District.
Board Chairman Melvin Crum said, “The three finalists were chosen based on their backgrounds and the successes that they’ve had in their respective past employment.
“We’ve been pleased with what we’ve read about them and what we know about them from talking and listening to them.”
Crum believes the candidates can bring a “wealth of new energy to our district. We’re just excited about where this district can go under new leadership.”
Alford earned his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to earn a Ed.S. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
Alford has served as principal of Columbia High School and as executive director for pupil personnel in Richland County School District One. While in Richland County, Alford implemented a districtwide after-school program for more than 40 schools.
He served as assistant to the superintendent in School District Five of Lexington and Richland counties.
Greenberg-English earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree and Ed.S. from Converse College and an Ed.D. from South Carolina State University.
She has served as an associate superintendent for the North Sacramento School District of California.
Greenberg-English has additional experience as a director at Limestone College in Gaffney; administrator for Douglas County Schools near Atlanta and assistant superintendent of schools in Putnam County, Ga.
Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Houston. She is also certified in early childhood and elementary education, and mid-management. She is presently a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University.
Wilson has served in the Houston school district as a kindergarten and ninth-grade teacher. She has also been assistant principal at Henry Grady Middle School and principal of Pleasantville Elementary School.
Wilson has also served as a leadership coach for principals and assistant principals in Houston and surrounding districts through the Houston A+ Leadership Academy. She has also participated in the Harvard Change Leadership Initiative.
Crum praised the efforts of Superintendent Melvin Smoak, who will be retiring at the end of the present school term.
“Mr. Smoak has been an exemplary superintendent,” Crum said. “He has committed his life to the children of this district and we owe him a debt of gratitude. I wish him the very best in his retirement.”
The three final candidates will be visiting schools in the district and meeting with the board, one each day, April 28-30.
Each candidate will be introduced to the community at receptions from 5:45-7 p.m. at the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School commons area.
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