After an extensive national search, the Prince George’s County Board of Education has identified three candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

The finalists are:

  • Dr. Eric J. Becoats, superintendent of schools for Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC;
  • Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, interim superintendent of schools for Prince George’s County Public Schools; and
  • Mr. Harrison A. Peters, chief of schools for Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, IL.

“We set out an ambitious timeline for our superintendent search and we are happy we attracted these qualified candidates,” said Board of Education Chair Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq. “During the next few weeks, the public will have an opportunity to interact with the three candidates and provide their input to the Board as we select the next leader who will further the mission of our school district.”

Becoats serves as superintendent of Durham Public Schools. Previously, Becoats served as chief administrative officer for Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina; director of community economic development for University Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; assistant superintendent for planning and development for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina; and chief of planning for Baltimore City Schools in Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Crawley serves as interim superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Previously, Crawley served as deputy chief of programming for the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, DC; assistant superintendent and director of special education for Arlington Public Schools; and assistant superintendent for special education and gifted programs for Chicago Public Schools. He holds a doctorate in instructional leadership from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Peters serves as chief of schools for Chicago Public Schools. Previously, Peters served as chief area officer for Chicago Public Schools; principal of Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina; and principal of Robinswood Middle School in Orlando, Florida. He is currently completing his doctorate in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

During the past several months, the Board has engaged the public in numerous community forums and town hall meetings related to the superintendent search. Additionally, the Board received thousands of responses to its superintendent search survey.

In the coming weeks, the finalists will visit Prince George’s County to meet with the community. The Board is expected to announce the new superintendent before July 1.