MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EETV) - Former Auburn University President Ed Richardson is the next to serve as state superintendent as the Alabama State Board of Education works to find a permanent replacement following Michael Sentance's resignation.

Richardson is no stranger to the role of superintendent. He previously held the position from 1995-2004 where he worked to implement the Alabama Reading Initiative in schools and the state's Foundation program to require schools to set a minimum amount of property taxes to receive state funding. 

Richardson, an Auburn grad who earned a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in educational administration, previously served as an interim president of the university from 2004-2007. 

He also served as superintendent of Auburn City Schools for 13 years after working as a teacher and principal for 18 years in the state. 

Since Richardson is retired, rules say he will only be able to serve two six-month terms as state superintendent, Governor Ivey said at Thursday's board meeting.

The board has not begun the process of looking for a replacement.