Max S. Skidmore
Max S. Skidmore, son of Marvin Skidmore and Arlene Ryan, was born in Decatur, AL, and graduated from Priceville High School. He attended the University of Alabama and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham Southern College in 1961. He received the Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama and the Ed.D. degree from the University of Florida.
Dr. Skidmore and his wife, the former Barbara Napps, have one son, Stephen.
After graduating from college and attending graduate school at Duke University, Dr. Skidmore taught eighth grade science and was an elementary school Principal in Decatur. His professional experience has included serving as Principal, Superintendent of School Districts in North Carolina and Alabama, and executive positions with the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. He was appointed Superintendent of Lafayette Parish on July 1, 1989 and served through June 30, 1995.
He was extremely active in professional organizations and local units of educational administrative organizations.
Colleen H. Andrus was President of the School Board at the time of Dr. Skidmore's appointment and served until 1990 when Dudley Duhon was elected President of the School board. In 1991, Dr. Huey McCauley was elected President, followed by Junius Andres who was elected in 1992. In 1993, Michael Hefner was elected President and in 1994 Clarence Baldridge was elected President of the Board. In 1995, John Earl Guidry was elected as President of the Board and served during the remainder of Dr. Skidmore's tenure.