The Indiana School Boards Association has named Brian Smith executive director. He currently serves as superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools.

July 8, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) President, Larry Stillson and Search Committee Chair, Sally Krouse, announced today, July 8, 2014, the association has selected Dr. Brian Smith, superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools (HSE), as its executive director.

“The ISBA is excited and honored to make this announcement and welcome Dr. Smith to our association,” said Mr. Stillson. “Since the ISBA was established in 1949, we have only had 6 executive directors, so it is quite apparent we are very deliberate in choosing our leadership. Dr. Smith is a dedicated visionary who has served with distinction as a prominent educator in Indiana for many years. He has been nominated as a regional candidate for superintendent of the year and was selected as the national superintendent of the year by the National Association for Gifted Children. His depth of experience and breadth of knowledge make him a perfect choice to lead our organization.”

Before serving as a superintendent, Dr. Smith was a principal at Edinburgh High School and also taught at Marion High School. Dr. Smith earned his Educational Specialist and Master of Arts degrees from Ball State University and his Educational Doctorate degree from Indiana University.

“I'm excited about serving as ISBA's new executive director,” said Dr. Smith. “Representing almost 1700 school board members, ISBA is clearly an outstanding platform from which to pursue and support excellence in education. Getting to meet and serve board members from across Indiana is a responsibility I look forward to.”

“Our loss is most certainly the Indiana School Boards Association's gain,” said John DeLucia, president of the HSE School Board. “Dr. Smith has been a terrific leader for our district. While we may be sad to see him go, we are pleased that he is taking a position that will allow us to continue to work with him.”

The ISBA, located in downtown Indianapolis, provides numerous services to the boards of 289 Indiana public school corporations, which are entrusted with governing and overseeing Indiana’s P-12 public schools. The mission of the Association is to assist local school boards in their respective governance roles by providing education and training, conducting seminars and conferences, offering legal services, and leading legislative advocacy, to ensure the opportunity for the highest quality public education for all of Indiana’s children. ISBA works closely with the National School Boards Association in Washington, D.C., as well as dozens of other educational organizations and governmental authorities throughout the state.

Dr. Smith will retire/resign from Hamilton Southeastern on September 1, 2014, and assume his new duties as executive director of ISBA on September 2.

Source: Indiana School Boards Association

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