The Reading School Board has put a name and face to its finalist for the district's next superintendent.
The school board started with 25 qualified candidates and narrowed the search down to Khalid Mumin, who was introduced to the media during a news conference at the district administration building in center city Monday morning.
"Everything we learned about the individual; he has the utmost integrity, he clearly has a passion for children, clearly has a passion to be in Reading and for the Reading School District, his belief in transparency, his ability to work with the public and build partnerships," said John George, executive director, Berks County Intermediate Unit, and temporary superintendent for Reading.
Mumin, a native of Philadelphia, has served as superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools in Maryland since 2011.
Prior to that, he worked as a teacher, dean of students, principal and central administrator at various school districts in southeast and central Pennsylvania.
Mumin said he is excited about the opportunity in Reading.
"There are a lot of people that are ready, ready for the opportunity to bring Reading School District back to where it should be as a powerful force in the state of Pennsylvania," he said.
"Mumin considers himself a change agent and is committed to promoting and sustaining student achievement, equity and access to educational programming for all students, as well as creating plans that are fiscally responsible," according to a biography provided by the school board. "Mumin maintains a keen focus on fostering collaboration with stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, community, public officials, business partners, colleges and universities."
Mumin was awarded his bachelor of arts degree in English from Shippensburg University, his master's degree in teaching and curriculum from Penn State, and his doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mumin will meet the public during a meet-and-greet event at Amanda Stout Elementary School from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday. The board is set to vote on approving him for the job at a special meeting next Monday at 5 p.m.
The district's top post has been vacant since the school board fired Carlinda Purcell on Nov. 26, 2013, saying she wasn't able to get along with the members and didn't submit a balanced budget on time.
After her termination, the district turned things over to the Berks County Intermediate Unit, which has been working to establish a new curriculum and get the district's finances in order. The BCIU also assisted the school board in its search for a new superintendent.
"Our students excel, but we need another person, a leader, a superintendent to take that to the next level," said Rebecca Acosta, president, Reading School Board.
Reading is the largest school district in Berks County and fifth largest in Pennsylvania, according to the most recent enrollment numbers.