Brown named Reynoldsburg Schools’ superintendent

The Reynoldsburg City Schools Board of Education selected Melvin J. Brown as the district’s new superintendent.

Brown currently serves as deputy superintendent for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District. He will join Reynoldsburg City Schools on Aug. 1, 2017.

The search for the Superintendent began in January, with the board and Finding Leaders conducting focus groups and asking Reynoldsburg City Schools staff and community members to provide input on the characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent.

Six individuals were identified to proceed to the next round, with two finalists attending additional focus groups before Brown was selected.

“We are excited to welcome Melvin and his family to the Reynoldsburg City Schools District,” said Board President Joe Begeny. “I, along with the rest of the board, am confident he exemplifies all of the characteristics needed to support the students of our district. I also want to thank Finding Leaders as well as the members of the community, staff and parents who provided us with feedback along the way.”

“I am so excited to become a part of such a vibrant, innovative and student-centered community,” said Brown. “I look forward to doing the good work of continuing to provide a family-friendly, welcome learning environment for our students, staff and families. Reynoldsburg is an incredible community that aims to provide the best for all its residents. I look forward to working collaboratively with the consummate professionals of the Reynoldsburg City School District. I am very excited to take on a new journey in life and look forward to residing in and contributing to this great city.”

Brown is originally from northern Virginia, where he received his undergraduate degree in English from James Madison University. He completed his master’s in school administration and supervision at Virginia Commonwealth University and is working on his doctoral studies at Cleveland State University.

Brown will relocate to Reynoldsburg with his wife, Kim. The Browns have three children, Alexis, 26 who resides and works in Durham, N.C., Quentin, 21, a senior at The Ohio State University and Kendall, 19, a sophomore at Ohio University.

Brown is a member of the Buckeye Association School of Administrators Board of Regents Committee and involved in local professional development committees. He is on the Board of Directors for Kids Crushing Cancer and Chairperson of the Six District Educational Compact Program Committee.

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