MOBILE, Alabama -- The Alabama School of Math and Science has a new president: Monica Motley, who has been the school's director of student services since 2011.
The ASMS board of directors approved her appointment by unanimous vote at a special meeting on Monday, April 7, according to a media release from ASMS.
Motley replaces Larry V. Turner, who has served as president since June 2010 and announced in February that he would not seek another contract.
Motley earned a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Auburn University, a master s degree from the University of South Alabama, and an undergraduate degree from the Alabama State University, according to the release.
Before coming to ASMS, Motley was an assistant professor for six years at the University of South Alabama, according to the release. Before that, she worked as a school counselor and educator in Mobile County and within the Auburn City Schools system, the release said.
She is a graduate of Leadership Mobile's 2009 class, and has served as chair of the Education Committee for Mobile United.
I am both honored and humbled to accept the position as president of ASMS, Motley was quoted in the release. I have a deep love for this school and its important mission."
Motley will start in her new job at the end of May.
Turner came on board at ASMS at a time when the school was facing drastic budget cuts, said John Hoyle, director of special services. The state funding had been slashed by almost one-third of the school's nearly million budget, he said.
Turner "provided such leadership and a common-sense vision for where the school needed to go, and he made it happen," Hoyle said. "It's safe to say that the school is on solid financial ground right now, and the transition in leadership will be extremely smooth.
"People are excited about the future at the school," he said.
Turner also made some key hires on the faculty and staff, including that of Motley, Hoyle said. Turner also revamped the way the school's Student Government Association was operated, Hoyle said, causing the organization to be more inclusive.
"Morale has never been higher at the school," Hoyle said, adding that the students and faculty will be sad to see Turner leave.
Turner was involved in an embarrassing incident last fall, when an Environmental Protection Agencyinvestigation revealed that he had instead of following Alabama Department of Environmental Management guidelines for disposal.
The school received a ,000 fine from ADEM. The incident came to light after an anonymous complaint to the EPA, according to ADEM's consent order.
ASMS has about 250 students and is the state's only fully public residential high school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in mathematics, science and the humanities.Updated at 9 p.m. to add details about Turner's achievements at the school.
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