Dr. Douglas L. Ragland
BIOGRAPHY OF DR. DOUGLAS L. RAGLAND
Dr. Douglas Lee Ragland retired as Superintendent of the Midfield City School System September 1, 2010, after 34 years of service in education in 4 respective school systems in the state of Alabama.
During his career, he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, personnel coordinator, hearing officer, and superintendent of two respective school districts.
Prior to being appointed to Superintendent of the Midfield City School System, Dr. Ragland served as Superintendent in the Greene County School System from 2004-2007.
Dr. Ragland served in the Birmingham City School System as Hearing Officer
Supervisor (2003-04), Personnel Coordinator (1998-2003), Assistant Principal (1989- 90), and Teacher (1978-89).
90), and Teacher (1978-89).
Dr. Ragland served in the Eufaula City School System as Principal of Western
Heights Elementary School from 1990-98, during which time he gained national recognition for the state of Alabama when he was selected as the
1998 Alabama National Distinguished Principal.
Dr. Ragland is very active in the community and has been appointed, elected and confirmed to serve on the University of Alabama at Birmingham In-service Board, 2019-present, as the Alabama Educational Television Commissioner, 2019, Vice President of the Birmingham Board of Education and District 1 Representative, 2017-present, Alabama Council for the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission as the Alabama Compact Commissioner 2017-present, National Council for the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission 2017-present, University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Association Board of Directors 2016-present, Birmingham Planning Commission 2011-2018, Executive Board of the Birmingham Planning Commission 2012-2018, Chair of the Birmingham Planning Commission Nominating Committee 2017-2018, Birmingham Comprehensive Planning Committee 2011-2018, Birmingham Comprehensive Planning Implementation 2017-2018 Committee, Birmingham Comprehensive Planning Prosperity and Opportunity Subcommittee 2017-2018, Birmingham Zoning and Advisory Committee 2011-2018, Birmingham Public Building Authority Board 2013-present, Midfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2007-present, Alabama Corrections Department Prison Ministry for Upper Room Fellowship Church 2013-present, Chief Administrator, Leadership Team Member, and Chief Financial Officer for Upper Room Fellowship Church 2000-present. In addition to the aforementioned, Dr. Ragland is also a proud Leadership Alabama Class XVI Graduate.
Dr. Ragland received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University
of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Alabama where he was named the Most Outstanding Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership. He also holds Bachelors, Masters, and Education Specialist Degrees, as well as Class A and AA Certifications, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership.
Dr. Ragland espouses and contributes his success to the 6 P’s: Prayer, Principles, Perseverance, Patience, Progress, and Planning.
Dr. Ragland is married to the former Ms. Teresa Wiggins, and they reside in Birmingham, Alabama.