Gov. Nathan Deal named six replacements to the DeKalb County School Board yesterday, after suspending six (now former) members in February on recommendation of the State Board of Education.
The DeKalb County school system was placed on probation last December by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. The removal in February was approved by a U.S. District Judge, and is seen by Deal as part of an effort to salvage the district’s accreditation.
In announcing the hires, Gov. Deal stated the following:
“We had many outstanding community leaders offer themselves for service, and the high caliber of the candidates reflects well on the county. I faced an enviable problem: It was difficult to choose between so many great applicants. I truly believe that the board members will do an incredible job for DeKalb County. The volunteers who served on the nominating panel and as my liaisons to the county school leaders have given of themselves, and they have made a tremendous difference. I cannot thank them enough for their service.”
There were over 400 applicants for the six slots. Here are the six new board members:
District 1, John Coleman: Strategic planning manager at Invesco, Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard and Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
District 3, Michael Erwin: U.S. Navy veteran, currently faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College, former research assistant at Duke University Medical Center and the University of South Carolina, former chair for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina, Master's in Biological Science and Bachelor's in Biology from North Carolina Central University.
District 5, David Campbell: Senior manager with Georgia Power, certified public accountant with managerial experience, Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Albany State University. He is a former chair of Leadership DeKalb, a member of the DeKalb 100 Black Men and an active member of St. Phillips AME. He formerly served on the Stephenson High School Council.
District 7, Joyce Morley: CEO of Morley and Associates, public speaker and trainer, certified counselor, a trained mediator, Ph.D in Counseling, Family and Worklife from the University of Rochester, Specialist’s and Master’s degrees in Counseling Education from the State University New York College at Brockport, Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the SUNY College at Geneseo.
District 8, Karen Carter: Faculty at Georgia Perimeter College - chair of the Business and Social Science department, J.D. from Ohio State University, Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications from Denison University.
District 9, Thaddeus Mayfield: Senior partner with FOCOM, Inc., a Georgia-based business development firm, Master’s degree in Business Administration from Mercer University, Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College, Co-chaired the successful Friends of DeKalb Education SPLOST IV Campaign.