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Alan J. Ingram, former superintendent of Springfield schools, named deputy state education commissioner

Alan J. Ingram, outgoing superintendent of Springfield schools, has been named state deputy education commissioner.

Ingram, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, led the Springfield district for four years. While overseeing the state’s second-largest school district, Ingram increased the percentage of highly qualified teachers and raised participation rates among high school students on Advanced Placement exams and SAT tests, Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester said in a statement Monday.

“Alan Ingram is a strong leader and experienced educator, and he has worked effectively with principals, teachers, parents, and union leaders to implement efforts that have accelerated achievement,” Chester said in a statement.

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Ingram, who previously worked in the Oklahoma City schools, graduated from the University of Maryland University College and received a master of arts from Webster University and a doctor of education from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a fellow of the Broad Superintendents Academy.

Ingram will join Jeff Wulfson as one of two deputy commissioners of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which oversees the state’s public K-12 system.