By Tom Dekle, Communications Director
In a special called meeting Saturday, July 22, the Nelson County Board of Education named Thomas (Tom) Owen Brown of Danville to be acting superintendent for the Nelson County Schools system, effective Aug. 1.
The action comes after former superintendent Anthony Orr tendered his resignation from that post during another special called meeting, Thursday, July 20.
“Tom is highly respected in his profession and highly regarded in our community,” commented Board Chairman Diane Breeding, Saturday. “We are excited that he has accepted this position and are looking forward to his contributions.”
"I'm excited, honored, and humbled to be here," Brown said after the board's unanimous vote to hire him. "This is not just a job for me. I met my wife here. My kids were born here. It is a culmination of 43 years of being in education."
Brown's credentials include lifetime endorsements for several educational roles, including superintendent, supervisor of instruction, elementary and secondary principal, and high school counselor.
A Daviess County native, Brown served in a variety of roles spanning 19 years at Nelson County High School starting in 1974. He began as a social studies teacher and went on to become a guidance counselor and assistant principal. After his time here, Brown became a principal at Boyle County High School before retiring in 2001.
After that, he worked at Centre College for seven years and then for six years back in Nelson County at Bethlehem High School as Director of Facilities, Transportation, and Athletics. Since then, Brown has served in interim roles for several school districts in Kentucky.
Initially, Brown will be tasked with not only becoming familiar with the inner workings of the Nelson County Schools but also ensuring that all schools are ready for the start of a new school year by Aug. 7 for staff and Aug. 9 for students.
Going forward, Brown will be charged with stabilizing the district and maintaining the positive momentum already established here, Chairman Breeding said.
“We feel confident that he has the skill set and experience to meet and exceed our expectations and continue our desire for enhanced 21st-century learning for all of our students,” Breeding said.
Acting Superintendent Tom Brown