The Hickory Public Schools Board of Education announced the selection of the district’s new Superintendent during a specially called meeting Tuesday (June 8). The new Superintendent is Dr. Bryan W. Taylor. A native of Mount Airy, Taylor replaces Dr. Robbie Adell, who is retiring after 37 active years with the North Carolina Public Schools.
Assuming his duties later this summer, Dr. Taylor is currently serving as Assistant Superintendent of Stokes County Schools where he is responsible for district administration and operations. He was also the previous Superintendent of Avery County Schools, where he led the efforts to create a balanced and sustainable budget. He also led the effort to bring about a high school construction and renovation project. According to a news release, during his tenure, Dr. Taylor led the district to some of the highest student performance data in the State of North Carolina.
Dr. Taylor has served in many capacities during his career. These include Student Success Coach, Special Education Teacher, Principal of Mount Airy Middle School, Director of Special Education, Federal Programs, and Student Services; Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Operations, and as Adjunct Professor in the Doctoral Program at Gardner-Webb University.
Dr. Taylor is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Association of (both) School Administrators and Superintendents, NC Association of School Administrators/Personnel Administrators, Supervision and Curriculum Development, the NC High School Athletic Association, and many more.
According to Ittiely Carson, the vice-chair of the HPS Board of Education, Dr. Bryan Taylor impressed upon the Board that he will be highly visible in our schools and engaged as a great listener for every corner of our community. “Having been a teacher, we look forward to seeing Dr. Taylor actively and consistently connected to each of our nine schools,” said Carson. “He will meet and greet our students and teachers as he witnesses the birth of the learning that happens in our classrooms, chorus rooms, indoor ball courts, outdoor fields, and in our professional development labs as well as our board meetings.”