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MCPSS names superintendent finalists

Walter Fenn (left), John Gunn (center), and Chresal Threadgill (right) Walter Fenn (left), John Gunn (center), and Chresal Threadgill (right)

The Mobile County Public School System identified three finalists in the search for a new superintendent. 

Current Superintendent Martha Peek is retiring at the end of the school year. The new superintendent is expected to start the job on July 2. 

The finalists are Walter Fenn, John Gunn, and Chresal Threadgill. Tuesday, the school system released short biographies of the candidates:

Walter Fenn, a former superintendent in Texas and assistant superintendent in Chilton County Schools in central Alabama. He is now the principal of Hayes K-8 in Birmingham and is an educational consultant. Fenn has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Utah, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso, a Master of Educational Administration and an ABD Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership) in from Lamar University. He has taught Instructional Leadership at the University of Montevallo. In Texas, he was superintendent in Buckholts, Sabine Pass, Royal and Bremond Independent School Districts. Before that, he was an elementary and middle school principal in Taylor, Texas, and a math and science teacher in Dallas.

John Gunn, associate director of schools for Lawrence County Schools in Tennessee. Gunn has a bachelor's degree in social science from Trevecca Nazarene University in Tennessee, a Master of Education (Special Education) from Tennessee State University, and a Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership) from Trevecca Nazarene University. His experience includes being principal of Mt. Pleasant High School in Tennessee, assistant principal, and director of attendance/discipline/grant writer for Dickson County Schools in Tennessee. He was the founding principal of New Directions Academy in Dickson County Schools. He has taught grades kindergarten through 12 as well as graduate school at Bethel University and Trevecca Nazarene University. He has also served as special-education head in two schools.

Chresal Threadgill, current chief of staff for Mobile County Public Schools. Before taking the second-highest post at MCPSS in September, he was superintendent of Elba City Schools and assistant superintendent in Troy City Schools, both in Alabama. Threadgill has a bachelor's degree in education from Troy State University and a Master of Education in School Administration from Alabama State University. He has also served as director of federal programs; director of curriculum, instruction and assessment; and director of special education. He was principal of Charles Henderson Middle School in Troy, assistant principal, and a classroom teacher. He was selected as Alabama's District III Superintendent of the Year and has completed the Texas Superintendent Academy and the University of Alabama Superintendents Academy.

The finalists will be interviewed by the school board on Monday, March 19 at Central Office in West Mobile. Each interview will last about 55 minutes with the first starting at 8:30 a.m. and the third ending at 11:25 a.m.

After the individual interviews, the candidates will have lunch with board members and then will meet with groups of Mobile county educators, the district's leadership team, and business leaders and community groups.

The finalists will then publicly introduce themselves in open forums starting at 3:45 p.m. The interviews and introductions will also be streamed live on and the Mobile County Public Schools' Facebook page.

From 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. the public is invited to share comments with the school board. 

The board plans to meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, to select a superintendent.

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