LAFAYETTE — Herman Brister, chief academic officer for East Baton Rouge Parish schools, has added his name to a growing list of applicants for Lafayette Parish school superintendent.
Brister is one of 11 who had applied for the position as of Tuesday. The application period ends Sept. 12.
The School Board is set to pin down its selection process, which includes a plan to interview the top 10 applicants, at its 5:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday.
The board plans to select a new superintendent by Dec. 7 — just weeks before to the end of Superintendent Burnell Lemoine’s contract on Dec. 31.
Public feedback sessions on qualities desired in the next superintendent begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Thibodaux Career and Technical High School, 805 Teurlings Drive. The sessions will continue over five weeks.
The application period opened Aug. 1 with four people applying in the first week.
Here are the seven most recent applicants:
• Herman Brister, of Port Allen, holds a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale and a master’s degree in special education from LSU.
Since 2008, he’s worked as chief academic officer of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools and has held positions as associate superintendent for instructional support services and assistant superintendent for middle level education.
• Craig A. Fiegel, of Novi, Mich., who holds a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Kansas.
Since 2008, he has been superintendent of Canton Community Schools, a district of more than 19,000 students and 26 schools. From 1999 to 2008, he was superintendent of a smaller district with 2,000 students and five schools in Evergreen Park, Ill.
• Gail Jackson-Mitchell, of Orangeburg, S.C., holds a doctor of education degree in special education and supervision and master’s in education from Ball State University. She also holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University, as well as superintendent licensure for the state of Ohio. For the past year, she has worked as the executive director of curriculum and instruction for Allendale County Schools in Allendale, S.C. She has previously worked as deputy superintendent of schools for Mansfield City Schools in Mansfield, Ohio, and associate superintendent of Dayton Public Schools in Ohio.
• U.S. Army (Ret.) SFC Luis Angel Melendez, of Greenwood, Del., holds master degrees in school leadership and educational technology from Wilmington University. In the Army, he held numerous supervisory positions. He currently is a Junior ROTC Army instructor at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Del.
• Deborah J. Rives, of Avondale Estates, Ga., holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and master’s and specialist degrees in secondary science education from Georgia State University. She currently works as the south region field service general manager for Pearson Inc., an education materials and training company. She also has two years of experience as an assistant superintendent of DeKalb County (Georgia) Schools and six years as principal of Cedar Grove Middle School in DeKalb County.
• Ronald James Simmons, of Rochester, Minn., listed the doctoral program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in educational administration at St. Mary’s on his résumé. He also holds a Minnesota superintendent licensure and a license in educational administration. Since 2010, he has worked as an assistant principal at Century High School in Rochester. He has nine years of administrative experience as a principal. Simmons also lists his history as a player for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons on his résumé.
• Stanley S. Wooden, of Dallas, who holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Southern Methodist University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Wooden also holds a superintendent certification in Texas. He has 11 years of school administrative experience as a principal. He currently works as an instructor at the School Community Guidance Center in Dallas and as an instructional lead teacher at Skyline Evening School in Dallas.