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News Education Brigman is listed as candidate for Huntsville, Ala., superintendent job

Dan BrigmanDr. Dan Brigman, Superintendent of Macon County Schools, has been listed as one of seven candidates for the position of superintendent of the Huntsville, Ala., school system.

Brigman, who is originally from Madison County, arrived in Macon County in 2006, replacing Rodney Shotwell who had resigned after allegations of impropriety surfaced regarding his relationship with an employee. Previously, Brigman had been the superintendent of the Coffee County school system in Manchester, Tenn., from 2004 to 2006.

“I am extremely flattered to be one of the seven candidates to be presented to the board for consideration,” said Brigman on Tuesday. “If given the opportunity, I will definitely accept but will work closely with our board of education here to insure a smooth transition.”

In his application submitted to the Huntsville Board of Education, Brigman cites a desire to work in a “larger, more diverse school system in a progressive area.” Brigman said that Huntsville would be both a positive career move and beneficial for his family. He also noted that his father lives close by in Birmingham.

Interviews for the position will be conducted in Huntsville this week. Brigman noted that the district is working on a tight timeline and that their start date for the new superintendent could be as early as the first week of July.

In Macon County, Brigman has been responsible for overseeing a district of approximately 4,500 students and 706 employees. Nearly 23,000 students are enrolled in the Huntsville city school district, which has been described in reports as a “beleaguered” system. Mary Jane Caylor, the former superintendent of the district, is not listed as a finalist for the position, although she did apply.

During his time in Macon County, Brigman has overseen approximately $38 million in new school construction and facility improvements in the rural district, which is listed in his Huntsville application as one of his accomplishments. These included major renovations at three schools and construction of the new Mountain View Intermediate 5-6 school, as well as of the Macon Early College on the campus of Southwestern Community College.

In 2009, the school system received high marks during the Quality Assurance Review required by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools. The reviewers cited the effective and innovative leadership of the superintendent as one of the strengths of the district.

Before his long career in education, Brigman served in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 1991. Brigman received his Doctorate in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2009.


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