Yesterday, the Brevard County School Board picked Desmond Blackburn to be the new superintendent of Brevard Public Schools.
The board voted 4 â 1 in favor of Blackburn, currently the chief of school performance and accountability for Broward County Schools. Blackburn was one of three finalists the board interviewed Monday.
Here are Blackburn’s credentials:
â¢Education: Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science from Nova Southeastern University, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Florida
â¢Past positions (all in Broward County): Area superintendent, area director of school improvement, principal of Ramblewood Middle School, assistant principal of Sunrise Middle School, mathematics teacher at Plantation High School
â¢Other credentials: CEO of D & G Leadership, Inc., adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University
â¢Awards: Named to list of “50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders” by Legacy Magazine in 2014; recognized as an “Administrative Outlier” by National Alliance of Black School Educators in 2011; named “Father Who Makes a Difference” by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 2013.
Here were Malcolm Thomas’ prior to being elected in 2008:
â¢Education: Bachelor and Masters, University of West Florida
â¢Past positions (all in Escambia County): Director, Evaluation Services; Coordinator, Program Planning; Educational Data Specialist; Educational Staffing Specialist; Department Head for Exceptional Student Education, Tate High; Teacher, Tate High
â¢Other credentials: Home Builder, United States Army, 101st Airborne Division
â¢Awards: Escambia Association of Administrators in Education, Member of the Year in 2006; Optimist of the Year, Ensley Optimist Club in 1992; George Washington Educator Medal (National Freedom Foundation Award) in 1986; Panhandle Region Teacher of the Year (finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year) in 1985; Escambia County Teacher of the Year in 1985; Tate High School Teacher of the Year in 1984
Broward – where Blackburn comes from –is a “B” school district (503 points). He is going to Brevard which is also a “B” school district (519 points).
Escambia is a “C” school district (467 points).