Alabama has a new State Superintendent of Education. On Friday, April 20, the Alabama State Board of Education voted to name Dr. Eric Mackey as the new leader of the state's education system. Mackey will assume his post on May 14.
The 48-year-old Mackey was one of three finalists to interview for the position. He's served as executive director of the School Superintendents of Alabama. Prior to becoming the Executive Director for SSA, Mackey served as SSA’s Associate Director.
Mackey began his career as a high school science teacher in Calhoun County, where he taught physical science, biology, Earth science, physics, and chemistry. He also coached track and field and wrestling. He later became principal of Kitty Stone Elementary School in Jacksonville. He later rose to the position of superintendent of Jacksonville City Schools.
Mackey earned a Bachelor’s degree in education for Jacksonville State University, as well as a Master’s in Biology, an Education Specialist degree, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership, all from The University of Alabama.
Mackey replaces interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson, who was named to the position in September 2017, after embattled former State Superintendent Michael Sentance submitted his resignation.