Dr. Michael A. Moses
Dr. Michael A. Moses, Mike, Ed.D. served as general superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), from January 2001 to August 2004.
From 1999 to 2000, Dr. Moses served as deputy chancellor of the Texas Tech University System with responsibilities that included government relations, development and institutional advancement, among others. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Texas Commissioner of Education, appointed twice by then Governor George W. Bush … and confirmed by the Texas Senate.
As superintendent of DISD from 2000 to 2004, Dr. Moses spearheaded the successful January 2002 school bond election, a $1.37 billion capital improvement program to renovate existing schools and build 20 new schools. He also oversaw the conclusion of a 33-year-old desegregation lawsuit and directed district initiatives that led to significant gains and improvements in student achievement.
Dr. Moses served as Vice Chairman of Higher Ed Holdings, LLC. from November 2004 to July 2006. Prior to joining Higher Ed Holdings, Dr. Moses had served in Texas public education for more than 30 years. He has been Vice Chairman of the Board of Scientific Learning Corp., since July 26, 2007. He has been a Director of SWS Group Inc., since March 2006. Dr. Moses served as a Director of Trammell Crow Co., from September 28, 2004 to December 20, 2006.
He is Author and co-author of numerous articles on student performance, accountability and teacher preparation, Dr. Moses has appeared before legislative committees on more than 30 occasions and was invited to address the United States Congress freshman class concerning issues in public education. Among the awards, Dr. Moses has received are the Texas Business and Education Coalition’s Distinguished Service Award and Texas A&M University’s Golden Deeds Award in Education. He has also been named Distinguished Alumnus at both Texas A&M University at Commerce and at Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Moses earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and his doctorate from Texas A&M University at Commerce. He also studied at the Superintendents’ Work Conference at Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Joe Neely
Dr. Joe Neely has served the public schools of Texas at virtually every level.
Beginning as a high school business teacher, Dr. Neely later became a campus principal, superintendent of schools in three different districts, Executive Director of a Regional Education Service Center, and served twelve years with the Texas Education Agency in Austin—his last position being Deputy Commissioner of Education. A three-year stint as a Professor of Educational Administration provided the capstone for his distinguished career in public education.
Dr. Neely’s areas of specialization have centered on the organizational management aspect of the public schools. While working at TEA, Dr. Neely spent three years as the Director of School Accreditation, allowing him to work with multiple schools of all sizes throughout the state of Texas.
He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of the nationally renowned Cooperative Superintendency Program. Dr. Neely received his BBA and MBA degrees in Business Management from Texas A & M University in Commerce.
Ms. Carmyn Neely has 40 plus years of experience in the education field.
She has served as a classroom teacher, an adjunct professor, and an administrator at the school campus, district, and state levels. Ms. Neely received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of North Texas in Denton. She has done post-masters coursework at Texas A&M University at Commerce, the University of North Texas, and Texas Tech University.
Throughout her career, Ms. Neely has focused on ‘curriculum and instruction at the school and administration level in districts throughout the state of Texas. She was Deputy Director of Statewide Initiatives, working with Regional Education Service Centers and the Texas Education Agency. In this role, she identified exemplary programs and best practices. Ms. Neely has served as Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the Lubbock Independent School District and as Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Dallas Independent School District. She served on the State Board of Directors and was a member of the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She has held membership in the state and national Associations for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Phi Delta Kappa. In 2003, Ms. Neely was the recipient of the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award in recognition of her contributions to the improvement of public education at Southern Methodist University.
Ms. Neely’s dedication to improving public education within the state of Texas led her to the Foundation for the Education of Young Women (FEYVV). In October of 2006, Ms. Neely assumed the position of Executive Director of the Foundation. Under Ms. Neely’s leadership and direction, the Foundation has formed partnerships with urban school districts throughout the state to open all-girls public schools in Austin, Dallas, Lubbock, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Houston. The goal of Ms. Neely and FEYW is to have one hundred percent of the students in the sponsored schools not only graduate from high school, but to attend and graduate from college.
Suzee Oliphint served as Executive Director of Advanced Academic Services for the Dallas Independent School District from 2001 to 2005.
During her tenure, the programs for advanced studies, such as Advanced Placement and Talented and Gifted were recognized for the outstanding achievements being made by students and teachers. Leading the efforts of the 8th largest school district in the country, strides were made in the areas of assessment and identification, equity and diversity, and curriculum development.
During the last six years, Suzee has served as a consultant to school districts throughout Texas in the areas of college readiness, gifted and talented, curriculum development, school reform practices, and principal mentoring. She served as a “principal coach” for the Dallas Independent School District and the Ft. Worth Independent School District, assisting new principals accomplish the goals of student improvement.
Suzee’s career has spanned a great many areas over the years from teacher, coordinator of curriculum, trainer of teachers and administrators, and principal. She led two schools to receive the distinguished state award of Mentor School where they became sites for showcasing “best practices” used in school improvement. She was principal of Hexter Elementary School when it was chosen by Texas Monthly as “Top School in Texas” award in 1996.
From 1997 to 2001, Suzee served as Regional Director of an innovative educational reform company, Voyager Expanded Learning, which partnered with school districts to provide an exciting and high quality academic after-school program.
Other honors Suzee has received include the Parent/Teacher Association Extended Service Award, Region X Administrator of the Year Award, Member of Principal Congress at Texas A&M University, Texas Principal Forum, and in 2004 was selected as Administrator of the Year by the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented.
Suzee received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University; Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and Administrative Degree from Texas Woman’s University.
Educational consultant working with school districts to evaluate college readiness initiatives, design training programs and initiate projects that bring about creative solutions for improving education.
Brenda was President of AP Strategies, Inc a 501c3 non-profit focused on training teachers and increasing the number of students who take and earn qualifying scores on AP exams. Before retiring and joining AP Strategies, she was a career public school teacher and administrator. In 2000, her scores for minorities qualifying on the BC Calculus exam were number one in the nation.
She earned a Bachelor of Science from Dallas Baptist University and earned a Master of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from Northern Illinois University. She did post-graduate work at the University of North Texas.
Throughout her career, Brenda has received numerous awards including Chevron “Best Practices Award”, Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year, UC San Diego, and Tandy Technology Teacher of the Year. In addition she was named Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs and was nominated for the Presidential Excellence Award in Education.
Brenda was on the authoring team of the Laying the Foundation Math Resource Guides for Pre-AP Teachers that are used to train teachers nationally. She also edited Schaum’s Abridged Outline for College Algebra for McGraw Hill. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Center for Educational Revision.