Southern Educational Strategies, LLC
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Dr. William Bozeman received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serves as Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida. Before joining the faculty at UCF, he was Professor and Chair at The University of Iowa. Prior to his 30 years of experience as university professor, he served as a high school principal, federal programs director, and mathematics/physics teacher. In addition to experience in education, he has worked and consulted extensively in the areas of systems planning and design, educational technology, and program evaluation. Dr. Bozeman has published extensively in the areas of education, educational technology, and systems planning and design, including 5 books and over 100 articles, chapters, and technical papers. Recently, he was honored with the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Dr. James B. Mitchell, Jr. received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College and his Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from The University of Memphis. Dr. Mitchell retired after 34 years of service in the Shelby County School District (TN) where he gained experience as a teacher, human resources supervisor, high school vice-principal and principal, and assistant superintendent. In 1997, Dr. Mitchell was appointed to serve as the Shelby County Schools’ superintendent. He was a successful leader for this 46,000 student organization with more than 5000 employees. Dr. Mitchell was responsible for a $235 million annual operating budget and more than $131 million in capital projects. He was selected as the 2000 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year,  and he received the 2003 Peabody/Vanderbilt Educator Award.  Dr. Mitchell has served on a variety of  community and non-profit boards.


Dr. Tim Fite earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The University of Memphis. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Fite served Tipton County Schools as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He retired in June 2011 after completing more than 30 years of outstanding school and district leadership. Dr. Fite has served as chairman of the Tennessee Superintendent’s Study Council. This group regularly advises the Commissioner of Education and State Department of Education on policy issues.He has represented Tennessee on numerous education boards and leadership task forces. Dr. Fite has also been a key leader on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.

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