Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Smoke From Capitol Signals New DeKalb Board

We all hope for success for all these new board members.  Please make great decisions for the students and teachers.

John Coleman of District 1
Michael Erwin of District 3
David Campbell of District 5
Joyce Morley of District 7
Karen Carter of District 8
Thad Mayfield of District 9

The new members of the DeKalb County school board, who will be sworn in at 1 p.m. today are as follows:

District 1, John Coleman
Coleman is a strategic planning manager at Invesco. Previously, he held a variety of leadership roles at McKinsey & Company. He also serves on various nonprofit boards. Coleman has a master’s in Business Administration from Harvard and a master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He resides in Atlanta.
John Coleman

District 3, Michael Erwin
Erwin is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been a research assistant at Duke University Medical Center and the University of South Carolina. He has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Services and is past chair of the NOAA fisheries committees on fish species and fish diseases in Maine and South Carolina. In 2008, he earned a Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina. He has been a member of the faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College since 2009 and teaches undergraduate students in biological science. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s in Biology and a master’s in Biological Science. Erwin resides in Decatur.

Michael Erwin

District 5, David Campbell    
Campbell is a senior manager with Georgia Power, where he supports the company's energy conservation efforts. He is a certified public accountant with managerial experience. Campbell received a degree in Business Administration from Albany State University. He is a former chair of Leadership DeKalb, a member of the DeKalb 100 Black Men and an active member of St. Phillips AME. He formerly served on the Stephenson High School Council and resides in Lithonia.

District 7, Joyce Morley
Morley is the chief executive officer of Morley and Associates and is a nationally known public speaker and trainer. She is a certified counselor, a trained mediator and serves on several local and national governance boards. Morley has a doctorate in Counseling, Family and Worklife from the University of Rochester. She received her specialist’s and master’s degrees in Counseling Education from the State University New York College at Brockport, and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the SUNY College at Genesco. A Stone Mountain resident, Morley has lived in DeKalb County for more than 22 years.

District 8, Karen Carter       
Carter serves on the faculty of Georgia Perimeter College where she is chair of the Business and Social Science department. She received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from Denison University and a law degree from Ohio State University. Carter has served as a classroom teacher and has held several senior administrative roles in the field of education. She is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and is an active community volunteer and a PTSA member. Carter is a resident of the Lakeside Community.

Karen Wheel-Carter leads business etiquette workshop

District 9, Thaddeus Mayfield
Mayfield is a senior partner with FOCOM, Inc., a Georgia-based business development firm. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Mercer University and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College. He co-chaired the successful Friends of DeKalb Education SPLOST IV Campaign and is an active member of several business and civic organizations in the metropolitan area. Mayfield is a resident of Lithonia.

Thad Mayfield

from Mayfield's Linkedin page:

Special Initiatives

DeKalb County School System

Managed county wide initiatives the included:
- SPLOST Campaigns
- School facilities use optimization
- Business Community Engagement


Five pillars of black smoke and one white pillar of smoke were seen this morning at the Georgia Capitol.  The smoke reached high into the clear Atlanta sky. Those familiar with the process of selecting new school board members said the smoke color indicates the race of the new DeKalb School Board members.

"Not since the Roy Barnes days have we seen this much smoke blown up a cavity", commented a seasoned lobbyist from Augusta.

Any moment the new school board members will be announced. We expect the cardinals State school board members to exit the chapel Governor's office first.  This protocol dates back to the Reconstruction era.  They will be followed by the selection committee (adorned in purple velvet robes).  Once these two groups are assembled (by month of birth, alphabetically) then the members of the DeKalb Delegation will enter the Capitol's rotunda.  These members will line up by height (measured without shoes).  Members of the Delegation not participating in the announcement are required to stand 11.5 feet from the center of the rotunda.  Once all parties are in place, the Governor will reveal the parchment paper scroll containing the inked names of the new Board members.

Unlike the Vatican School Board selection (one that insists on privacy, no cell phones, and no contact with outside influences) the DeKalb School Board selection process actually encourages input from certain people.  In fact, even media are invited to leak documents and names and rubrics.  The selection committee has reviewed Facebook pages and Instagram accounts of prospective members, and they also peaked at the Yelp and Urban Spoon reviews of candidates.  And most importantly, the committee searches for comments on DeKalb School Watch and the various Patch web sites for advice.


Joe Seconder said...

Melissa Wilks, Dunwoody said...

A quick review of these candidates shows them all to be very successful in their careers. They seem to have many skills and talents to bring to the table. What a terrific bunch. We never could have hoped to have a board full of these types of successful and skillful people if we just left it up to the current election process. So now we have Michael Thurmond who is a proven leader, listener and doer. Coupled with 6 of 9 Board members who bring enthusiasm and a history of success to the table. I hope taxpayers and parents stop the snark and realize the excellent opportunity we now have for change in DeKalb education. What a great day for DeKalb. I am quite surprised and pleased at the swift action of Gov Deal. Let’s get on board, PAY ATTENTION, demand accountability and be part of the process.

BTW, I find the smokestack picture and related paragraphs clever, but snarky, and really not necessary. Why can't we take the high road?Let's focus on COMPETENCY and SKILLS.

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

It was the NAACP who made race an issue, and it looks like the governor agreed and appointed the same racial makeup.

Anonymous said...


If you don't think race is a factor, just wait a month or two. Hopefully you are right, but not optimistic.

Steve Barton said...

Focusing "on COMPETENCY and SKILLS" is fine if that is the approach the board and supe use to end the "Friends and Family Program" that has over-populated the central office, caused sub-optimum hiring and assigning, and wasted many dollars.

Anonymous said...

The smoke stacks made me laugh. I think it shows that Dunwoody Talk has a grasp on the big picture. (and a sense of humor) Any one who thinks this new board is going to make all of the DCSS woes go away is naive. There is still a long way to go. To pretend that race will not affect major decisions going forward is not realistic. I think the positive attitude is great and will make you a happier person dealing with an stressful situation. But pretending that issues don't exist is part of how we got in this mess to begin with.

Ken Thompson said...

We can't talk about race.

That's why everything is about race.

Some folks have a vested interest in keeping it that way.

Goob said...

@ Melissa Wilks,

The smoke stacks are the one thing that brought humor to this embarrassing issue. Snarky? Unnecessary? I guess so, if you want to ignore the 5000 pound elephant in the room.

Anonymous said...

The fights in Dunwoody and DeKalb have been going on since I moved to Dunwoody 40 years ago. It is so great that now we can share a laugh at the insanity of it all by way of this creative and clever blog. People don't like parts of the blog when spotlights the idiocy of their behavior and the senselessness (and hypocrisy) of being "politically correct"...which is why I love it! Keep it coming!

Anonymous said...

"Not since the Roy Barnes days have we seen this much smoke blown up a cavity" = line of the month