|Barbara Pulliam Davis, Ed.D
June 2008 - Present
With a proven track record in leading school change and building positive community/school relationships, Superintendent Barbara Pulliam Davis began leading Greene County School District in June of 2008. Her leadership experience goes beyond geographical regions and has included rural, suburban and urban settings in Minnesota, Chicago & Rockford, Illinois, and Georgia (Clayton & Greene Counties). Dr. Pulliam Davis has consistently brought schools and districts to higher levels of academic achievement through innovative programs and school design.
Under her leadership, schools in Greene County have been identified as Title I Distinguished Schools in elementary schools; Middle School was named a Middle Grades International Baccalaureate program in 2010; schools have been identified as having greatest increase in middle school math scores and high school science scores and a Suzuki Violin program for grades K-5, has been in operation over the past four years.
Over her career she served as the first woman Superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools in suburban Atlanta. Dr. Pulliam Davis initiated an overhaul of instruction, curriculum, and organizational structure to enable quality public education for every child in the 5th largest school district in the state of Georgia. While in Clayton County, she established the state of Georgia’s first Dual Language Immersion Charter School (Spanish), the school district’s first Math-Science Magnet Middle School, the first International Baccalaureate Program in two County High Schools, and the first high school Fine Arts Academy program in Clayton County. This was done while she moved the Clayton school district off probation status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and obtained full accreditation in July of 2005, which the school district held upon her leaving in July of 2007.
Dr. Pulliam Davis served as superintendent of St. Louis Park Public Schools in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, a position she held for six-and-a-half years. In this position, she implemented the International Baccalaureate program for high school students, revised district curriculum and instructional practices, and implemented a K-6 Spanish Language Immersion School. She has served in the positions of Associate Superintendent of Education for the Rockford Public Schools, Illinois; Senior Associate for Education and Non-Profit Programs at the Center for Creative Learning in Greensboro, NC, providing training and psychometric assessment to senior and executive level staff in corporations, schools districts, and non-profit organizations. She served as Director of School Support Services in the Chicago Public Schools, working with 223 of the lowest performing elementary schools to develop programs to increase student achievement. Dr. Pulliam Davis has been a high school principal and began her career in K-12 education as a high school teacher in Parchment, Michigan.
In addition to her extensive involvement in community organizations and activities, Dr. Pulliam Davis is active in numerous national and state education associations; serving on the AASA Board of Directors, Southeast Association of Superintendents, Ethics Task Force member for the Georgia School Boards Association, and is member of the advisory Board of the University of Georgia’s School of Education. In her community, Dr. Pulliam Davis serves on the Greene County Health Advisory Board, and is a member of the Greene and Putnam Counties Rotary.
She has served as member of the Board of Directors, Vanderbilt University Alumni Association; Advisory Board member - Harvard Principals Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; served as faculty member for the Principals Institutes at Harvard University and has served as a mentor for an aspiring Urban Superintendent Program scholar from Harvard University.
A recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout her career, she received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Chamber of Commerce in suburban Minneapolis; one of several Minnesota educators selected to travel to Singapore and Malaysia with the Commissioner of Education; recognized with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) Grassroots Leadership Award; traveled to Israel in 2007 as a guest of ASCD, in 2007, was named Georgia PTA Superintendent of the Year, and in 2010, was named Superintendent of the year for the National Alliance of Black School Educators.
Dr. Pulliam Davis holds an earned Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.
She is married to John Davis and they live in Greensboro, Georgia; they have two sons and a daughter who lives in Chicago and one daughter who lives in Jonesboro, GA. Dr. Pulliam Davis is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Biography - May 2012