Download PDF

Brief Bio

-Designer and builder of experiences that transform American education 

Bryan Setser serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at rpk GROUP. Bryan partners with the team to develop the overall firm strategy and lends his expertise to both higher education and emerging K-12 clients working on strategic academic leadership, technology, finance, and innovation. Bryan’s work in higher education has included leading the higher education practice at 2Revolutions, a leading national design firm where his portfolio included the American Council on Education, EDUCAUSE, and multiple foundations, universities, HBCUs, and community colleges.

In his K-12 work, Bryan has served as a Chief Quality Officer, a Chief Design Officer, and CEO of the nation’s 2nd largest virtual school. Dr. Setser is also a national Baldrige examiner for the United States Department of Commerce, and his award winning career has included being selected by three different Governors for e-learning and school technology commissions.

 

Work experience

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

RPK GROUP
April 2017Present

-Responsible for executive coaching, organizational development, and supporting the higher education practice

-Launching the k-12 consulting practice and developing entrepreneurial work with schools, districts, CMOs, organizations, networks, and SEAs

-Identifying new partnerships, opportunities, and markets for rpkGroup where innovation meets return on investment, impact, and results

Chief Design Officer

Matchbook Learning
February 2016June 2017

-Responsible for coaching and organizational analysis and development of the C-suite along with school principals and leadership teams; this work includes four direct reports

-Launched the company's first accelerator program in Washington, DC and is leading the current development of our work in Indianapolis with the Mind Trust both for a new direct managed site as well as an accelerator for the city principals

-Oversees all school design and support services management  for all direct managed and accelerator sites; sample projects include entrepreneurship high school, badge portfolio, digital artifacts,  PLC design, and community engagement

Partner

2Revolutions
Apr 2011Feb 2016

-Responsible for strategic vision, leadership, and operations for a national consultancy practice in k-12 and Higher Education; this work included nine direct reports

-Designed and developed state, network, district, and school solutions for future of learning models for over 30+ clients

-Provided internal consultation for blended curriculum design, platform, and digital integration strategies for central team members

Chief Executive Officer

North Carolina Virtual
Dec 2007Apr 2011

-Responsible for overall strategic plan and outcomes related to the nation's 2nd largest state virtual school

-Supervised a 21 million dollar state budget, 21 direct reports, and 1030 total staff members

-Accomplished enrollment, satisfaction, and student performance results that exceeded state and national averages in multiple State Board and NCLB target areas

Chief Quality Officer

Iredell Statesville Schools
Jan 2005Dec 2007

-Strategic planning champion for National Malcolm Baldrige Award District

-Led district through SACS Accreditation Process - 1st of 30 in the United States to go through the new district process

-Established district as a National Best Practice Site for Staff Development by the APQC

-SAT and High School AYP Course results exceeded state averages

-Responsible for 10 million budget, 6 direct reports, and 40 staff members

Principal 

Union County Schools
20012005

-Served as a middle school principal and a founding 21st Century High School Principal

-Met or exceeded district, state, and school improvement goals

-Completed doctoral internship under the Superintendent

-Designed and launched first high school in Union County in 40 years

ASsistant Principal of Instruction

Mooresville Graded School District
19982001

-Served as the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction

-Met or exceeded all district, state, and school improvement goals for the 8th grade for which I was responsible

-Completed the Principal's Executive Program and won most outstanding school improvement project

-Designed and launched school and district character education program

Teacher

Catawba County SchoOls
19931998

-Taught general and college prep English classes

-Met or exceeded all district, state, and school improvement goals in my discipline area

-Completed the Technology Trainer Certification TRAC with the district

-Served as school improvement chair

Education

Ed.D.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Aug 2001Aug 2004

Completed all doctoral work required as well as a dissertation on The Failing High School: An Examination of the Relationship Between Constructivist Leadership Roles and High School Achievement in North Carolina. Degree earned in 2004. 

C.A.S

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Aug 2001Aug 2004

Completed all requisite coursework, internship, and service requirements entailed in the Certificate for Advanced Study Program at UNCC. Degree earned in 2004.

MAED

Winthrop University
Aug 1998Aug 2000

Completed all masters course requirements, an internship, and thesis project work related to educational leadership. Degree earned in 2000.

BS

East Carolina University
Aug 1989Dec 1993

Completed an English degree, writing specialization, and teaching credential for secondary education. Degree earned in 1993.

Specialized Skills

Strategic Planning

Fundraising 

Philanthropy

Design thinking

Entreprenuership 

Intrapreneurship

preK-26 Practice Development

Leadership

1:1 Digital Environments

Project Management

Coaching and Evaluation

Organizational Management

Curriculum Development

Business Models

Blended Learning

Digital Curation

Marketing

Internet of Things

Open Education Resources

Business Development

Social and New Media

Partnership Development

Solutions Consulting

FIELD BuILDING AND KEY DISTINCTIONS

Digital Learning Council

NC E-learning Commission

NC Technology Commission

NC Education Cloud Team

NC Race to the Top Team

State Virtual Leaders Alliance

INACOL State Lead

Baldrige Examiner

Published Author

ERDI Consultant 

BLE Consultant

Gates Foundation Advisor

NASDSE Advisor

Principal of the Year

NC State Adjunct Professor

Keeping Pace Report Contributor

Speaker - Education Week, DODEA (Italy, Japan, and Germany) SXSW, INACOL, BLPL, etc.

Crucial Conversations Trainer

National English Teacher Award

Presenter - Blackboard Europe, Virtual Schools Symposium, IT/ISEC, AERA, ASCD, and ISTE

Jack McCall Award - UNC Chapel Hill

Credentials

Apple Executive Academy

Moodle Instructor Credential

Blackboard Instructor Credential

Edmodo Instructor Credential

North Carolina Superintendent's Certification

South Carolina Superintendent's Certification

Baldrige Examiner Credential

Certified in Facilitative Leadership

North Carolina Principal Certification

North Carolina Teaching Certificate

Principal's Executive Program

Principal as Technology Leader Credential

Certified Technology Trainer 

National Reviewer US Office of Special Education

References

Mary Ellis - Former Superintendent - Union County Public Schools - 704-634-1079 - mabrooksellis@gmail.com 

Susan Allred - former  CAO Iredell Statesville Schools & Assoc. Commissioner of Education in Kentucky - susanallred@att.net  - 828-712-0423

JB Buxton - Former Deputy Supt. of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction - buxton.jb@gmail.com - 919-605-6430

Amy Swan - CAO - Matchbook Learning - amy@matchbooklearning.com -859-562-9269

Andy Caulkins - Deputy Director - Next Generation Learning/EDUCAUSE - acalkins@educause.edu - 978-821-2575