State Board of Education Selects Eric Mackey for State Superintendent

State Board of Education Selects Eric Mackey for State Superintendent


The State Board of Education named Dr. Eric Mackey as the new State Superintendent of Education on Friday, April 20.

With a 5-4 vote, the Board voted Mackey for Superintendent over Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey.  Governor Ivey was the deciding vote for Mackey.

Board members voting for Mackey included Governor Ivey, Mary Scott Hunter, Cynthia McCarty, Jeff Newman and Betty Peters.

Pouncey received votes from Stephanie Bell, Ella Bell, Yvette Richardson and Jackie Zeigler.

Mackey began his career as a physics teacher in Calhoun County.  He later became the Superintendent of Jacksonville City Schools and recently served as the executive director of the School Superintendents of Alabama, an organization that advocates for education leaders.   

Mackey will replace Interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson. Mackey will officially start serving as the new State Superintendent on May 14, 2018.

State Board of Education Background

The BOE was established in 1919 to set policies and regulations for the state's public school system. The board is comprised of nine members. Governor Kay Ivey is president by virtue of her position as Governor, and the remaining eight members are elected to four-year terms in partisan elections from single-member districts of the state with similar populations. A state superintendent of education is appointed by the board to serve as its secretary and executive officer over the State Department of Education.

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