How did Murfree land superintendent post? - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

How did Murfree land superintendent post?

Dr. Anita Brown Dr. Anita Brown
Dr. Joshua Murfree Dr. Joshua Murfree

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The man chosen as the only finalist for Dougherty County School Superintendent is one of the least qualified applicants for the job.

WALB News 10 has learned that Dr. Joshua Murfree was 34th out of 37 in the ranking of qualifications for the school system's top job.     

There are questions about WHY he was selected, and the possible motives behind it.

And while the ASU professor has years of experience in post secondary education, nowhere in his thick application document, does he detail any qualified experience working in K-12 schools.

The Dougherty County School board hired the Georgia School Board Association to rank applicants for Superintendent according to their abilities and the needs of the school system.  By that list, Dr. Joshua Murfree was third from the bottom. 

Even so, board member Dr. Anita Brown says he's best for the job. "He works well with people.  He's a people person.  He's on the National SACS accreditation committee, so I'm told," said Brown.

But he's not.  There is no national committee.  SACS, is a regional accrediting agency for schools and universities.

But he was the Chief Financial Officer for Blessed Community Development.  That's one of the ways Brown knows him, as she is CEO of that organization.

"The BCD has been lying dormant for seven years.  We have not had any activity, no meetings, no finance, no nothing," said Brown.

Brown, who was too busy to talk to us on camera, spoke to us over the phone about Murfree being selected as the only finalist, even though he was ranked near the bottom of the list.

"I can't really say why he was ranked there, but other board members felt they wanted to look at him, and another person that were down in that tier and brought them up for interviews and both of them did well in the interview."

School Board Chairman David Maschke pleaded with the board at yesterday's meeting to not name a finalist, and continue with the interview process.

"I have a great deal of discomfort not having completed or thoroughly gone through all the steps of the process and fully vetted the process," he said.

The board won't reveal how many of the applicants it interviewed, but we know that each interview only lasted one hour and that Murfree was only asked seven questions.  Maschke had hoped for more in depth interviews to be conducted.

"To me, this decision, while the next Superintendent may be here a year, may be here five years, they may be here nine years. I really think it's going to impact the future of Albany/Dougherty County for the next 20 or 30 years, because I really think it's going to set the tone, because we're at a critical stage," Maschke said.

But the stage is now set, and Murfree is the only finalist for the job. We tried contacting Dr. Murfree to talk to him about his naming as the finalist for the Superintendent's spot, but he did not return our calls.

The school board voted five to two in favor of naming Murfree as the finalist. Maschke and Emily Jean McAfee were the only votes opposing that selection.

  • You can see sample questions that board members asked the candidates, as well as an evaluation form, when you click HERE.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Early Co. Fire Dept. concerned about trees uprooting due to weather

    Early Co. Fire Dept. concerned about trees uprooting due to weather

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:55 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:55:48 GMT
    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)
    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)

    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area.  Saturation and projected high winds have officials concerned about trees uprooting.  

    More >>

    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area.  Saturation and projected high winds have officials concerned about trees uprooting.  

    More >>
  • Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:52:01 GMT
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>
  • Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:44 GMT
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly