Hillsborough administrator selected as Pinellas minority achievement officer
Superintendent Mike Grego has named a minority achievement officer, the first ever for the Pinellas County School District.
Lewis Brinson, who served as the chief diversity officer for the Hillsborough County School District, will take the job, effective Dec. 1.
Grego announced more than six months ago that he would hire a minority achievement officer as part of a series of sweeping changes made to improve public education for black students in Pinellas County. In his new role, Brinson will be in charge of improving educational outcomes for black students throughout the county, from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. He will be responsible for carrying out the district's Bridging the Gap plan, which includes strategies and goals related to black student achievement.
The role of minority achievement officer, while new to Pinellas, has been used in other large, urban school systems in Florida that have had higher passing rates among black children.
Brinson began his career in education in 1974 and has worked as an assistant teacher, teacher, job specialist, principal, area director and assistant superintendent.
Brinson has a bachelor's degree in political science from Paine College, a master's degree in adult education from the University of South Florida, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a doctoral degree in education leadership from Argosy University.
Brinson announced in June that he would retire from the Hillsborough school system rather than re-apply for his position under the Jeff Eakins' administration.