ALEXANDRIA, VA — March 10, 2014 — Today, Mr. Thomas M. Brady was named as the Director for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). The selection was made through a competitive process.
As DoDEA's Director, Mr. Brady will have oversight of all Defense Department K-12 schools, both stateside and overseas. The education activity operates 191 schools in 14 districts, serving more than 82,000 students.
Mr. Brady’s experience as an educational leader, most recently as a former Superintendent of Providence Rhode Island Public Schools, and prior to that as Chief Executive Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, and Chief Operating Officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools was a key factor in his selection to lead DoDEA.
"Mr. Brady brings to DoDEA valuable experience and skills in successfully leading some of this country’s largest school districts through difficult challenges,” said Frederick E. Vollrath, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. “He also understands the importance of DoDEA schools as a critical quality of life factor for military families around the world as well as the unique challenges military-connected students and their families face every day.”
Mr. Brady’s leadership beliefs are focused on bold and innovative ideas. He is committed to serving stakeholders and making improvements by embracing change and seizing opportunities to implement creative solutions and is looking forward to returning to serve military personnel and their families.
"I am honored to have this opportunity to be able to return to serve our nation’s military communities around the world,” he said. “As the new DoDEA Director, I plan to be visible, responsive and accountable to all of our stakeholders. I want to continue the serious, thoughtful, and progressive efforts to improve educational practices and processes that have begun in DoDEA schools that will help all students achieve their fullest potential.”
Under Mr. Brady’s leadership of Providence Public Schools, the largest district in Rhode Island serving more than 24,000 students in 45 schools, student achievement and proficiency improved in mathematics, science, and reading.
Faced with operational budget deficits in the School District of Philadelphia, the eighth largest school system in the country, serving nearly 200,000 students in more than 260 schools, Mr. Brady initiated and began implementation of strategic and business plans that reduced operating budget shortfalls, thus greatly improving educational outcomes for student success. As the chief operating officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools, a system with more than 75,000 students and over 200 schools, he secured more than $3.1 billion for capital improvements over a ten-year period.
Serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Fairfax County Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the United States with more than 180,000 students, Mr. Brady led the school system’s educational support division.
Mr. Brady’s commitment to public service is not limited to the education sector. He served as a commissioned officer for 25 years in the United States Army. Highlights of his military career include serving as the Commanding Officer, Fort Belvoir, Va., and a battalion commander at Fort Benning, Ga.
Prior to his selection as DoDEA’s new director, Mr. Brady was a senior advisor with Alvarez and Marsal’s Public Sector Services Team where he led the Education Team in assisting states and local school districts restore sustainable education programs. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of GEMS Education.
Mr. Brady earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (Social Sciences) from Niagara University in New York and his Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University in California. He is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.
Mr. Brady will assume directorship of DoDEA schools from Mr. Adrian B. Talley, who has been serving as DoDEA’s Acting Director since November 2013. Mr. Talley will return to his position as DoDEA’s Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.