Former Superintendent of Hamilton County SchoolsTennessee
Dr. Bryan Johnson is the former superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee, a district that serves more than 45,000 students in 79 schools.
A native of Nashville and proud product of public schools, Johnson worked as a teacher; school administrator; director of secondary schools; and chief academic officer prior to taking the helm in Hamilton County. During his tenure, the district saw historic levels of improvement. It jumped from 130th to second in the state for student academic growth, making Hamilton County Schools the fastest-improving district in Tennessee. Other notable gains included increasing the number of Reward Schools, or those earning the state’s highest distinction, from five to 32; increasing student scholarship dollars earned from $20 million to more than $100 million; increasing achievement for high school-assessed subjects by 7 percent or more; and increasing the number of Black, Hispanic, and Native American students scoring proficient on state assessments by 4.5 percent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson worked with community leaders and the school board to launch a 10-year commitment to close the digital divide by providing free high-speed internet to all 28,500 economically disadvantaged students in Hamilton County.
Johnson has received numerous accolades for his leadership, including being named 2021 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year and a 2020 Education Week Leader To Learn From. He was recognized as a Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association, Outstanding Young Alumnus at Austin Peay, and Humanitarian of the Year for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Southeastern Region.
Johnson holds degrees from Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, and Trevecca University, where he earned his doctorate in educational leadership.