The Hamilton County Board of Education recently selected Dr. Bryan Johnson as the next superintendent in a 5-4 vote.

“I am honored to come into Hamilton County schools and am proud to work with the teachers and leaders who are working to move the district forward,”Johnson said in a prepared statement. “I definitely want to recognize the community and the work that they are doing to improve student achievement.”

Johnson currently serves as the chief academic officer for schools in Clarksville-Montgomery, Tennessee, according to a news release.

He began his career in 2004 as a teacher and director of education at Oak Plains Academy in Ashland City, Tennessee. He received his doctorate in educationalleadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2010.


Dr. Bryan Johnson was chosen in a 5-4 vote to serve as Hamilton County Department of Education’s next superintendent. (Photo: Hamilton County Department of Education)

Hamilton County School Board Chair Dr. Steve Highlander said he is pleased that-after the search that included community input and interviews with nine candidates-the board decided Johnson has the vision to move HCDE forward.

“I am appreciative for all of the five [candidates] who interviewed with us,” he said in a prepared statement. “I am also appreciative of the service Dr. [Kirk] Kelly has given and hope he will continue to do so.”

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said he is satisfied with the selection.

“I look forward to working with Superintendent Johnson,” he said in a prepared statement. “Now is the time for my office and the superintendent to work closely together to show Hamilton County residents progress in the schools and results that will elicit community support.”

The formal start date for the new superintendent will be announced once it is finalized.