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Blinn names expert in data analysis and educational leadership to new administrative position

Dr. Jimmy Byrd’s research has focused on statistical reform and data-driven management

October 24, 2014

Blinn College has named an expert in education leadership and data-driven decision-making its chief of staff to the president of Brazos County campuses.

Dr. Jimmy Byrd comes to Blinn from the University of North Texas, where he has served as an assistant and associate professor since 2005. Prior to that, he served on the Tarleton State University faculty and was also a high school principal and a deputy superintendent at Richland Springs ISD.

As chief of staff, Byrd will consult with Sylvia McMullen, president of Brazos County campuses, on operational and administrative activities and will serve as a point of contact in McMullen’s absence. Byrd begins his duties Nov. 3.

“What really excited me about the opportunity to work with Sylvia and Blinn’s leadership is the potential Blinn has,” he said. “Blinn has tremendous relationships not only with Texas A&M, but with high schools across the state and local and regional businesses.  I believe I can bring some skills to the table that will strengthen those current relationships and help to build new partnerships.”

Byrd earned his Bachelor of Science in agriculture education and his Master of Education in educational administration from Tarleton State University, and earned doctorates in educational administration and measurement and statistics from Texas A&M University. His research interests have focused on statistical reform, data-driven management and strategic planning.

“Dr. Byrd’s expertise in statistics, measurement and data analysis make him uniquely qualified to help us determine new strategies for identifying and meeting student demand for everything from classes to student services,” McMullen said.

Byrd is a member of the University Council of Educational Administration, American Educational Research Association, National Council of Professors of Education Administration, Texas Association of Professors in Educational Administration, Texas Education Leadership Council and National Education Finance Association. He also serves on the Faculty Development Committee and Doctoral Faculty Advisory Committee at UNT.

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