NKU educational leadership grad named Ky. Dept. of Education chief of staff

For immediate release…
Monday – May 6, 2013

- Thomas “Tommy” G. Floyd, who will graduate from Northern Kentucky University with a Doctor of Educational Leadership this Saturday, has been named to the newly created position of chief of staff at the Kentucky Department of Education by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

Floyd is currently superintendent of Madison County Schools. In naming him to the position, Holliday praised his work as a Kentucky educator. “Tommy’s focus on student success, data-driven decision making and continuous improvement aligns with the department’s efforts to better public education in our state,” Holliday said. “He recognizes the collaborative nature of our work and understands what it will take for all students to graduate college- and career-ready.”

Floyd has headed Madison County schools since 2008 after serving as interim superintendent and chief academic officer for two years. During his tenure in Madison County, he helped launch a number of new initiatives including a middle college program, transitional mathematics and reading courses based on ACT benchmarks for college readiness and the Positive Approach to Student Suspensions that decreased suspensions in the district by 34 percent.

Holliday said the position is needed due to the large number of initiatives the department is implementing related to Senate Bill 1 (2009), the state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver and the increasing need to collaborate and coordinate with our stakeholders and partner groups.

Prior to Madison County, Floyd worked in the Wayne County and Montgomery County school districts; Somerset Independent Schools; and at the Kentucky Department of Education, where he was a Highly Skilled Educator. Over the last 26 years, he has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

Floyd’s recognitions include Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ Administrator of the Year, the Kentucky School Boards Association’s Kids First Advocacy Award and the national Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award. He serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Southeast/South Central Cooperative and Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC) executive committees, and as a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators New Superintendent Training design team among other activities.

Floyd holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in biology education from Georgetown College as well as principal and superintendent certifications from Eastern Kentucky University.

He is married to Cecilia Floyd, a teacher in the Rockcastle County School District. They have two children – Morgan, a senior at Georgetown College; and Jonathan, a freshman at Eastern Kentucky. Floyd will begin as chief of staff at the Kentucky Department of Education July 1 at a salary of $131,000.

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