Department of Defense Education Activity has named a new director, with oversight of all 191 DOD-run schools in the U.S. and overseas, DODEA announced Monday.
Thomas M. Brady, a retired Army colonel, will take over as DODEA director from Adrian B. Talley, who has been serving as acting director since November of last year, DODEA said in a news release.
Talley will return to his position as DODEA’s principal deputy director and associate director for education. He took over from Marilee Fitzgerald, who retired from government service in August 2013. Fitzgerald was in the position since November 2011, after replacing disgraced former director Shirley Miles, whom defense officials removed following misconduct allegations.
Brady previously served as a superintendent of Providence, R.I., public schools and chief executive officer for the Philadelphia school district, as well as chief operating officer for the District of Columbia public schools and Fairfax County public schools, DODEA said.
“Mr. Brady brings to DODEA valuable experience and skills in successfully leading some of this country’s largest school districts through difficult challenges,” said Frederick E. Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, according to the release.
DODEA’s largest teachers’ union said it looked forward to working with Brady.
“Mr. Brady has a reputation for working with educators, not against them, to foster student achievement and we look forward to having a productive and respectful working relationship with him,” the Federal Education Association President Chuck McCarter said in a statement. “DoDEA schools have a long record of excellence and we are confident that under Mr. Brady’s leadership, that reputation will reach new heights.”
In addition to his career in education, Brady served for 25 years as a commissioned officer in the Army, DODEA said. He was the commanding officer of Fort Belvoir, Va., and a battalion commander at Fort Benning, Ga., among other military career highlights, according to DODEA.
“As the new DoDEA Director, I plan to be visible, responsive and accountable to all of our stakeholders,” Brady said, according to the release.