Dr. Desmond K. Blackburn, Ph.D. continues to serve as the superintendent for the School Board of Brevard County since his appointment in July of 2015. After fully immersing himself into the work of the district and county and with extensive community feedback, Dr. Blackburn utilized his extensive leadership background to create a new vision and strategic plan for Brevard Public Schools. His signature initiative was to fully align district resources to better support staff and students; resulting in a reorganization of priorities and personnel.
He is an active member for CivMil and the Space Coast League of Cities. He also serves as a Board of Director and/or committee member for United Way, CareerSource, Economic Development Council (EDC), Brevard county Sheriff’s Office Charities, March of Dimes and the Children’s Services Council. Dr. Blackburn also gives back to the community via non-profit fundraising that has included efforts on behalf of the March of Dimes, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Dancing for the Space Coast. He is the 2017 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Brevard.
In addition to Dr. Blackburn’s local commitments, he serves as a member for both state and national organizations including the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and Chiefs For Change. His fraternal affiliations include the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Blackburn is a lifelong educator. Prior to his appointment as Brevard’s chief educational leader he served the citizens of Broward County Public Schools as a district trainer, director of school improvement, an area superintendent, and as the chief school performance & accountability officer. His first position in Broward Public Schools was an assignment to teach math at Plantation High School where he also coached men’s basketball and track.
He was born in Mt. Vernon, New York to parents, Desmond and Diana. In 1988, his parents moved him and his sister to Lauderhill, Florida. He attended Piper High School where he excelled academically and athletically leading him to become involved in numerous activities including Radio Broadcasting, Key Club, Track & Field, Basketball, and the Academy of Finance. After graduating from Piper in 1992, he matriculated to the University of Florida where he was a member of Beta Eta Sigma (Black Honor Society), earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1996. He then went on to earn a Master of Science from Nova-Southeastern (2000) and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Florida Atlantic University (2006). He and his wife Kelli have been married nearly 20 years and have two sons, Dean and Grant.