Chief Academic Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Brian Kingsley is chief academic officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in North Carolina. Previously, he served as assistant superintendent for academics in the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, N.C., and as acting chief academic officer/executive director for instruction and intervention for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. Prior to his work at the district level, he was a principal, assistant principal, and teacher in Broward County, where he earned the district’s New Teacher of the Year Award and was named Principal of the Year for his leadership of Gulfstream Middle School. During his tenure, that school went from being in danger of closing to one of the highest-performing schools in the district. It became an A-rated school and earned Kingsley recognition as Florida’s Middle School Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Kingsley has successfully implemented broad change efforts across three of the nation’s largest school systems, all of which led to stronger system coherence, improved graduation rates, narrowed achievement gaps, and strong fiscal stewardship.
A member of the fifth cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program, he has master’s in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s in elementary education from Penn State University.