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Mark Heinrich selected as new chancellor of Alabama's community college system

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Mark Heinrich named chancellor of Alabama Community College system

The man credited with restoring the reputation of an Alabama community college after scandal will soon be overseeing the state's entire community college system.

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to hire Shelton State President Mark Heinrich of Tuscaloosa as chancellor over the other finalist, Blake Flanders, vice president of workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents.

The board president, Gov. Robert Bentley, who's from Tuscaloosa, said he voted for Heinrich because he saw firsthand what Heinrich did at Shelton State after the State Board of Education named him president in early 2008 following a corruption investigation.

"His personality and the way he handles problems will show as he takes over the chancellorship," Bentley said.

The school board still must negotiate a contract with Heinrich, but Bentley said the salary is likely to be closer to the $198,000 paid to Alabama's K-12 superintendent, Tommy Bice, than the $289,900 that previous chancellor Freida Hill received. She stepped down in March under pressure from some board members.

Heinrich, 59, received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Tennessee Tech University and his doctorate from the University of Alabama. In addition to being a longtime educator, he is a licensed psychologist.
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