Erroll B. Davis Jr.
Erroll B. Davis Jr.

The Atlanta school system has chosen the chancellor of the Georgia’s university system to serve as interim superintendent of Atlanta’s schools, the system announced June 20.

Erroll B. Davis Jr., scheduled to retire from the university system on June 30, will take over as interim superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools on July 1, the Atlanta school system said. Davis has held the post of chancellor of the University System of Georgia since early 2006, the Atlanta school system said.

Davis’ appointment as APS interim superintendent remains in effect until the Atlanta school board names a permanent replacement for Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall, whose contract expires June 30, 2011.

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.

As chancellor, Davis oversees the state’s 35 public colleges and universities, approximately 302,000 students, 40,200 faculty and staff, and an annual budget of approximately $6.3 billion, according to university system website..

“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 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.”

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