The Baldwin County Board of Education released the names of the top five candidates to replace outgoing Superintendent Robbie Owen on Thursday. Owen, who served as the school system’s superintendent for one school year, will return to his previous job as principal at Rockwell Elementary School in August. The school board’s top five candidates were selected from a pool of 26 candidates collected during a nationwide search, handled internally.

The top five candidates are, in no particular order:

-Dr. Larry Dichiara: Chief Administrative Officer and former Acting Superintendent of Selma City Schools and President of SOY Education Associates, Inc.
• Dr. Reginald Eggleston: Assistant Superintendent of Mobile County Public Schools
• Dr. John Green: Former Superintendent of Jackson County (Ga.) Schools and an independent education consultant
• Dr. James W. “Kip” Stevens: Head of School at Crisp Academy in Cordele, Ga.
• Carl E. Tyler: Superintendent of Eufaula City Schools

The board’s next step is to set up public interviews for each candidate. The dates have yet to announced.

The board set a tentative timeline for its superintendent search, which includes public interviews through July 24. The board hopes to name its top three candidates by July 28, then will have public meet-and-greet events in early August. The board will then solicit public comments on each of the top three candidates.

The tentative timeline shows the board’s intention to hold a special meeting to vote on the new superintendent by August 30.

Edited on July 17 at 9:12 a.m. to clarify that Dr. Larry Dichiara is the former, not current, Acting Superintendent of Selma City Schools.