Officials name Flynt chief academic officer

SUWANEE - A former high school principal who recently advanced to an administrative role in Gwinnett County Public Schools has received another promotion, school district officials said Friday.

Steven Flynt, who led Peachtree Ridge High from January 2006 until the end of the 2007-08 school year, has been named the school district's chief academic officer, a news release states. This announcement was made about a month after district officials said Flynt had been named an area superintendent.

In his new role, Flynt will lead the Division of Teaching and Learning, which works directly with schools, the news release states. The division consists of several departments, including curriculum and instruction, special education and psychological services, accountability and assessment, advisement and counseling, planning and enrollment forecasting, research and evaluation, safety and security, and school nutrition.

Flynt's team will consist of Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dale Robbins, Associate Superintendent for Academic Support Bobby Crowson and area superintendents Delores Hendrix, Gale Hey, Jean Walker and Calvin Watts. A fifth area superintendent will be named to fill the position vacated by Flynt, the news release states.

Flynt said he looks forward to serving in his new role.

"Gwinnett County Public Schools is an outstanding school district - one that has allowed me numerous opportunities to grow professionally," he said in the news release. "I look forward to working with our principals and other system leaders as we focus on increasing academic achievement and helping all students reach their potential."

Flynt began his career in education in 1993 as a science teacher in DeKalb County. In 1994, he joined the Gwinnett County school system, working as a science teacher at Dacula High and Phoenix High. He also served as a department chair and administrative assistant at Dacula before he was named an assistant principal in 2002.

After earning an associate's degree in education at Young Harris College, Flynt received a bachelor's degree in biology from Lees-McRae College in North Carolina. He also has a master's degree in science education from Piedmont College and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.

"Dr. Flynt is a proven leader who is passionate about teaching and learning," Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said. "I have been impressed with Dr. Flynt's work in each position he has previously held and have every confidence he will succeed in his new role, moving the organization toward our vision of a system of world-class schools."