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Brad Bryant Becomes Georgia’s 20th State School Superintendent

 MEDIA CONTACTS:   - GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook    July 1, 2010  – Brad Bryant today was sworn into office as Georgia’s 20th State School Superintendent. Previously a member of the State Board of Education, Superintendent Bryant was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in June to fill the unexpired term of Superintendent Kathy Cox who resigned to head the U.S. Education Delivery Institute in Washington, D.C.   “It’s an honor and privilege to serve as State School Superintendent,” said Superintendent Bryant. “As a parent who had children in public schools and whose wife continues to work in one, I know the challenges we face and how important a quality education is to our state’s future. I will hit the ground running to ensure we provide the foundation that positively benefits our students, teachers and communities.”   “Brad's experience as a parent, local school board member and state school board member makes him uniquely qualified to help lead our state's education system," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "He is committed to supporting our superintendents, principals and teachers as they work every day to help our students reach new levels of achievement.”   Prior to his appointment as State School Superintendent, Bryant served seven years as the 4th District representative on the State Board of Education. He is the past President of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Bryant also worked as a Special Liaison to the Clayton County and Warren County school systems to help them regain their accreditation. Bryant served on the DeKalb County Board of Education for twelve years, including seven years as its Chair.    A complete biography of Bryant is below:   William Bradley "Brad" Bryant has served as President, Southern Director and Governmental Affairs Committee Member for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Prior to his appointment to the State Board of Education in 2003, he served for twelve years as a member of the DeKalb County Board of Education and seven years as its Chair. He is a past President of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and was President of the National School Boards Association Southern Region. Additionally, he serves on the Georgia Drivers Education Commission. He has also served on the Governor’s Office of Education Accountability Report Card Committee, the Georgia Closing the Gap Commission and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.   Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor’s from Presbyterian College in South Carolina, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University (Cum Laude). He is an attorney and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.   Mr. Bryant is an elder in the Rehoboth Presbyterian Church and a member of the Decatur Rotary Club. He has served as President of the Presbyterian College Alumni Association and its Board of Visitors. Within his community, he has served as a member of the board of directors of the A*R*T Station, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Young Life Northlake, and the DeKalb County Development Impact Fee Study Group. He has served as the Chair of the DeKalb District of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of Leadership DeKalb and served for seven years as its Chair. He is a Life Member of the Georgia and the National PTA and received the Georgia Department of Education 1990 Positive Parenting Award for Henderson Mill School. He and his wife Kay, a DeKalb County special education paraprofessional, served as co-presidents of the Henderson Mill Elementary PTA. They have two adult children, Benjamin, an associate with Alston & Bird, and Katherine, a recent double master’s graduate in Natural Resources & Sustainability and in International Relations from The American University.