By Special to the Daily World
The Atlanta Board of Education has appointed Erroll B. Davis Jr. interim superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, effective July 1. The Board made the appointment at a Special Legislative Meeting last Monday afternoon.
Davis is chancellor of the University System of Georgia, a position he assumed in early 2006. He is scheduled to retire from that position on June 30.
Davis previously served as chairman of the board of Alliant Energy Corporation, an energy holding company with $8.3 billion in total assets. He assumed that position in 2000.
“We are pleased that a person of Mr. Davis’ experience and reputation has graciously agreed to take the APS helm on an interim basis during this time of challenge for both the Board and the district,” said former Board Chair Khaatim Sherrer El. “The Board has the utmost faith in Mr. Davis’ ability to help us stay on course to resolving the issues currently impacting the Board and the district.”
In addition, the school board on Wednesday, June 22, elected board member Brenda Muhammad as its new chair by a vote of 7-1. The district is struggling to keep its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which placed Atlanta schools on probation earlier this year. The list of the requirements for maintaining accreditation includes naming a new superintendent and working in unity.
A native of Pittsburgh, Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. His appointment as APS interim superintendent remains in effect until the Atlanta Board of Education names a permanent replacement for Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall, whose contract with the Board expires June 30.