BPS superintendent's leaves for national education nonprofit


Superintendent Desmond Blackburn submitted his resignation May 14 to the Brevard County School Board.

Blackburn will become chief executive officer of the California-based New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit “focused on improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders.”

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to lead NTC,” said Blackburn, who will be based in Florida. “As both an educator and district leader, I have a thorough understanding of the challenges that teachers face in the classroom, the responsibilities of school leaders, and the important role that mentors and coaches play to help educators.”

Blackburn has served as superintendent of BPS since 2015.

“We wish Dr. Blackburn and his family the very best,” said School Board Chairman John Craig. “We thank him for his leadership in the community and the positive impact he has had on our schools and children.”

Craig said the school board will start its search for a new superintendent during a workshop.