About this episode
If you follow education in any way, you know that school boards are often an important part of success and challenges school systems and communities navigate. Over time, school boards have become more political than ever. In this episode, Jeff talks with Dr. Andre` Harrison, Vice President of Accreditation Services here at Cognia. Andre has had a rich history as an educational leader including serving as a superintendent. Currently, he works with and trains school boards regarding role and policy development. As you will hear, he and Jeff discuss the ups, downs, and potential of district leaders working cohesively with boards of education.
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Dr. Andre` L. Harrison currently serves as the Vice President of Accreditation Services for Cognia; he is serving his 30th year in the field of education. Prior to serving in his current role, he served as Senior Director for the Central Region (Midwest, Southeast Territories) for Cognia, a Regional Director for Advance Education (AdvancED) | Measured Progress Southeast Region, and as the Alabama State Director and Lead Evaluator for AdvancED. Andre is also a member of the Auburn University College of Education National Alumni Council where he currently serves as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Before joining AdvancED, he served as superintendent, chief of staff, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction, principal, teacher, and library media specialist for the Elmore County Board of Education in Wetumpka, Alabama; he also has more than 25 years of experience as an adjunct university instructor. He is currently serving as adjunct assistant professor of Educational Leadership for the University of Alabama. Andre’ has a passion for supporting institutions during their continuous improvement journey. His areas of expertise include educational leadership, board governance, finance, human resources, and school improvement.