Editor’s note: C. Ed Massey, president of the National School Boards Association, (NSBA) sent the following letter to NSBA staff, board members, and affiliates earlier today:
Today, our extraordinary Executive Director for the past 16 years will spend her last hours as the leader of our association. Dr. Anne Bryant has led NSBA through challenging times and through changing times. She helped raise the national stature of NSBA and became the impetus behind NSBA’s growth and recognition as the national voice on public education.
Throughout her time at NSBA Anne has had many personal and professional accomplishments. Anne came to NSBA in 1996 after serving the previous 10 years as Executive Director of American Association of University Women. After joining NSBA, the organization continued to be a leader in the legislative advocacy on Capitol Hill, through the contentious reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), completed in 1997, then the reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act in 2001-02. She was a founding member of the Learning First Alliance, an important organization that has brought together the nation’s leading public education groups, in the late 1990s. Under her leadership, NSBA launched the first “Key Work of School Boards” in 1999 and a revised edition in 2009, and the Center for Public Education in 2006. And NSBA has become the go-to source for legal information on education, filing more amicus briefs than any other education associations (In 2007 NSBA participated in two groundbreaking cases before the United States Supreme Court–Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle Sch. Dist. No. 1 and Morse v. Frederick). In 2010 the Center for Public Education launched the Data First website. Between 2011 and 2012, Anne worked in concert with the Board of Directors to establish the strategic plan that drives NSBA’s current work and lays the groundwork for the next Executive Director and board to continue NSBA’s leadership in legal, legislative, and public advocacy.
In addition to these accomplishments, Anne has received numerous honors:
*1997: Appointed to Universal Service Administrative Company Board of Directors
*1998-2002: Serves on the Baldridge Board of Overseers
*2002: Award from American Society of Association Executives Foundation for exceptional work
*2005: Awarded Association Trends Association Executive Director of the Year Award
*2006-2007: Serves as Chair of Learning First Alliance
*2007: Accepts seat on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award
*2012: Presented the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training Community Builder Award
*2012: Receives the Women Who Advance Excellence in Associations Lifetime Achievement Award from ASAE
Her commitment to public education is shown by her works and her leadership during her tenure at NSBA. She has been a passionate advocate for local school boards and the communities they serve. Anne has assisted in making NSBA a recognized association in Washington. Evidence of her work on behalf of public education will be visible for years to come and the foundation that has been laid will give her successor a solid springboard for future work on behalf of America’s school boards.
As President of NSBA I wish Anne the best in all of her future endeavors. I am certain that neither her work nor her heart will be far from public education. I will also miss the scarves that have become her fashion trademark. Thank you, Anne, for all you have done on behalf of NSBA.
With warm regards,
C. Ed Massey
President – NSBA