The six new members of the DeKalb County school board have backgrounds in business, education and, maybe just as importantly, mediation. Now, they must use their skills to save the state’s third-largest system from losing accreditation.
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Here’s a look at the six people Gov. Nathan Deal picked to serve on the DeKalb County school board. This is based on information from the candidates, the governor’s office and AJC staff searches of websites and public documents.
Education: Master’s degrees in business administration and public administration, Harvard.
Work experience: strategic planning manager, Invesco since 2012; manager, McKinsey & Company from 2005-2007 and 2010-2012.
Personal: He and his wife expecting their first child; member of various nonprofit boards. Grew up in Columbus, Ga., did undergraduate work at Berry College, Rome. Lived in Atlanta 2005-2007 and since 2010.
Michael Erwin, 42
Education: Ph.D., biological science, University of South Carolina; Master’s degree, biological science, North Carolina Central University; bachelor’s degree, biology, North Carolina Central University.
Work experience: assistant professor, Georgia Gwinnett College since 2009; research assistant, Duke University Medical Center and the University of South Carolina; previously worked for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Services.
Personal: two children, one who attends Montessori school; U.S. Navy veteran.
Education: degree in business administration, Albany State University
Work experience: senior manager Georgia Power Co., been with company 30 years; lobbyist at Georgia Public Service Commission, 2000-2008; previously worked as a certified public accountant.
Personal: Lifelong Georgia resident born in Albany; divorced; past member, DeKalb 100 Black Men; member, St. Philip AME; current member, Stone Mountain High School Council; treasurer, Dekalb Police Alliance; daughter graduated from Stephenson High School.
Address: Stone Mountain
Education: Ph.D. in counseling, family and worklife, University of Rochester; specialist’s and master’s degrees in counseling education, State University New York; bachelor’s degree, elementary education, SUNY College at Genesco.
Work experience: chief executive officer, Morley and Associates; counselor; trained mediator; served on local and national governance boards. On twitter (Dr. Joyce Morley@DrJoyceTheLuvDr), describes herself as an author, radio/TV show personality; motivational/keynote speaker, psychotherapist; relationship expert; executive/relationship/life coach. Has been consultant for Georgia Center for Nonprofits, U.S. Department of Education, and Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Been guest and contributor on radio and TV programs ranging from CNN to WVEE-V103, according to her website.
Personal: Has lived in DeKalb County 22 years; children graduated from DeKalb County schools.
Address: Lakeside community
Education: bachelor’s degree, speech communications, Denison University; law degree, Ohio State University.
Work experience: chairwoman, business and social science department, Georgia Perimeter College; former classroom teacher.
Personal: graduate, Leadership DeKalb; community volunteer.
Education: Master’s degree, business administration, Mercer University, 1995; bachelor’s degree, political science, Tougaloo College, near Jackson, Miss., 1977.
Work experience: Worked with AT&T and Lucent about 18 years. In 1999 founded FOCOM, Inc., business development firm. In 2004 became a senior partner in the firm, which he describes as a microbusiness with him and two part-time employees.
Personal: His two children attended DeKalb County schools — son graduated in 1993, daughter in early 2000s; co-chairman, Friends of DeKalb Education SPLOST IV Campaign. Considers himself a perennial volunteer. Active in school system since 1995. Lived in Georgia since 1984.
The story so far
After DeKalb County’s school system was placed on probation by an accrediting agency, Gov. Nathan deal suspended six of the nine members. On Tuesday, six replacement DeKalb members were sworn in.
Board chairman Melvin Johnson is expected to call the first meeting of the new board next week. He’ll also be arranging training for the new members. The suspended board members will be busy, too, deciding whether to petition Deal to get their seats back. They can file requests later this month. Meanwhile, a lawsuit they filed against Deal is making its way through the courts. U.S. District Judge Richard Story set a deadline today for the two sides to submit questions to him for the Georgia Supreme Court to consider.