- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state board of education on Thursday named Philip Cleveland as the state’s superintendent of education.

Board members made the appointment as they continue the search for a permanent superintendent.

Cleveland is currently the state deputy superintendent for career and technical education and workforce development. He has served as vice president for learning and dean of applied technologies at Wallace State Community College, interim president as Chattahoochee Valley State Community College, a high school principal and school technical education director.

“I am honored to serve at the pleasure of the State Board of Education as the interim superintendent. My focus will be improving efficiency in state government and providing increased support for K-12 children of our great state,” Cleveland said in a statement.

The state Department of Education said Cleveland has a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in agriculture agribusiness and economics, a master’s degree from Auburn in agriculture education, an advanced certification from Alabama A&M; University in agribusiness education, and a doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University.

The state board is searching for a new superintendent after Superintendent Tommy Bice retired at the end of March.

Board members hope to have a new superintendent hired by August.

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