The Southeastern Conference Executive Committee recently appointed Carol Byrd to serve as superintendent of Education. Byrd had been serving as interim superintendent of education after the death of Elisa Young, Southeastern’s former superintendent. Prior to being appointed as superintendent, Byrd served as associate superintendent of education for six years.
Byrd, an educator for more than 25 years, has served as a day care director, classroom teacher, vice-principal and principal in schools throughout the Southeastern Conference. She has also worked as a public school teacher in Orlando, Fl. and has taught in the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, serving as Junior High Coordinator at Greater Miami Academy.
As associate superintendent, Byrd over saw the implementation of the Southern Union’s School of Excellence initiative, which two of Southeastern’s schools qualified for, the Daughter of Zion School of Delray, Fla. and the Mt. Sinai School of Orlando, Fla. She also oversaw the implementation of the Pathways Reading Program and the conference’s annual spelling bee.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Byrd is a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist and a product of Adventist Education. She attended elementary school in Baton Rouge and Oakwood Academy in Huntsville, Ala. She began her pursuit of a higher education at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Al. She transferred in her junior year to Union College in Lincoln, Neb. where she received a B.S. degree. Byrd received an M.A. degree from Andrews University and has completed additional post graduate work in guidance and counseling at Oakland University in Pontiac, Mich.
Byrd is married to William Byrd, pastor of the Ephesus SDA Church of West Palm Beach, Fl. and to this union are three adult children: Carla Byrd, JD, Carl Byrd, and Carlton Byrd, D.Min.