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Bryant recognized for education leadership

John Bryant (center) accepts the Dr. Sam Houston Leadership Award, from Houston (left) and Jack Hoke, executive director of the N.C. School Superintendents Association. John Bryant (center) accepts the Dr. Sam Houston Leadership Award, from Houston (left) and Jack Hoke, executive director of the N.C. School Superintendents Association.

John Bryant, associate superintendent for administrative services with Henderson County public schools, has been honored as the 2019 Dr. Sam Houston Leadership Award recipient for the Aspiring Superintendent Program.


The annual award is presented to a graduate of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association Aspiring Superintendent Program, a program designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina’s public schools.
“Dr. Bryant has a commitment to continuous improvement, high standards of ethical conduct, strategic planning, improving student performance and meeting the needs of the 21st century workforce,” said Jack Hoke, executive director of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association. The NCSSA and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development announced the award earlier this month.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Samuel Houston, who is president/CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center. Houston served as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District for 10 years where he opened the first year round school in North Carolina. He has been a champion for strategic planning, student performance and accountability, meeting the needs of the 21st century workforce, skills for the STEM world and building education partnerships.
Before his promotion to associate schools superintendent, Bryant served in Henderson County director of human resources, elementary school principal, high school administrator and high school English teacher.
“John Bryant exemplifies all that is great in an educator today,” schools Superintendent Bo Caldwell said. “As superintendent, I know no educator more committed and dedicated to each member of the Henderson County Public School community. Dr. Bryant’s delightful personality and genuine kindness touch the lives of each and every person who has been a part of his. Dr. Bryant’s leadership skills and educational expertise are invaluable resources to our system.”