Ketchikan School District Superintendent Robert Boyle speaks Wednesday during the regular Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Ketchikan School District Superintendent Robert Boyle speaks during a Chamber of Commerce lunch. (KRBD file photo)

Ketchikan’s School Superintendent Robert Boyle is one of four finalists for the job of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development commissioner.

According to an announcement from the state, the other finalists are Copper River School District Superintendent Michael Johnson, Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent Stewart McDonald, and Susan McCauley, who has been serving as the interim commissioner of the state Department of Education.

Boyle earned his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and his master’s degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. He has worked as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in Alaska; and as an educator in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Kazakhstan.

The State Board plans to interview the finalists on June 15th in Juneau. The board’s choice of a commissioner is subject to approval by Gov. Bill Walker.

If Boyle is selected for the position, the Ketchikan School Board would be responsible for hiring a new superintendent.