Published: Jan 31, 2012 9:32 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Florida man has been named the new superintendent for Alaska's largest school district.
Board President Gretchen Guess announced Tuesday that Jim Browder will lead Anchorage Public Schools.
Browder, formerly the head of the Lee County School District in Fort Meyers, Fla., and Steve Atwater, the superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Kenai, Alaska, were the two finalists from a field of 150 applicants.
Both men took part in three-day visits to Anchorage earlier this month.
Superintendent Carol Comeau (COE-moe) earlier announced she will step down June 30 from the high-profile post she has held since 2000.

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