New Times² chief still finalist for top job at Alabama A&M
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lawrence Davenport, the new director of the city charter school Times² Academy is still a finalist for the presidency of Alabama A&M University, a university spokesman said Wednesday.
Jerome Saintjones, director of public relations for A&M University, said that Davenport has not removed himself from contention for the post, where he is one of three finalists.
Davenport was interviewing for the Alabama presidency two days before he began his new job in Providence. At the time, the Huntsville Times reported that several A&M trustees had no idea that Davenport had already accepted the job in Providence.
Meanwhile, Times² board of directors’ chairman Ken McDaniel said that Davenport remains the executive director of the K-12 charter school near Smith Hill, and then said, “we’re looking at the whole arrangement.” He declined to elaborate.
Davenport did not attend a recent news conference at Times² that heralded the charter’s school 100 percent graduation rate. The event drew Governor Carcieri and several high-profile education leaders.
“His focus is on development,” McDaniel said. “The leadership team is running the school.”
The team includes the principals of the elementary and secondary schools as well as the curriculum director.