Ex-Lee school boss James Browder leaving Alaska

Former Lee County schools Superintendent is leaving his new job in Alaska.

The Anchorage School District hired James Browder in early 2012, but he wants to leave to be closer to family members with health problems in the Lower 48 states, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Browder made the announcement in an email to Anchorage school staff Friday.

Browder was Lee schools superintendent for nearly eight years. After leaving that position in September 2010, he served briefly as senior vice president of Edison State College.

He left that position amid controversy for discriminatory hiring practices and a salary that many officials at the school thought was too high.

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