CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Board of Education picked Laura Mitchell as the next superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools Tuesday afternoon.
Mitchell is CPS' current deputy superintendent and chief academic officer.
According to her CPS biography:
Mitchell will replace Mary Ronan, who is retiring at the end of July following nine years as the chief administrator for the largest public school system in Southwest Ohio.
"I am excited to be selected as the next Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools," Mitchell said in a release. "My highest priority will be to accelerate academic achievement throughout our district and properly prepare our students to compete globally. I intend to work collaboratively with students, parents, staff, business leaders and members of the community to ensure that all of our schools are good schools and that all of our students have opportunities for excellence."
Mitchell and Andre Spencer, superintendent of Harrison District 2 in Colorado Springs, CO, were the two finalists for the position.
They were selected from a field of 58 candidates from more than 40 states, according to a news release. The field included 44 men and 14 women.