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-Executive Edupreneur building the future of learning and leadership 

Bryan Setser serves as a Principal Partner at rpk GROUP. Bryan partners with the team to develop the overall firm strategy and lends his expertise to higher education, strategic partner development, and emerging technology solutions for the industry. In addition, he leads and directs the firm's emerging k-12 practice. Bryan’s work in higher education has included leading the higher education practice at 2Revolutions, a leading national design firm where his portfolio included multiple foundations, universities, HBCUs, membership organizations, and community colleges.

Bryan’s entrepreneurial models work has included clients such as the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Davidson College and Edx, Building a Culture of Innovation for Higher Ed with EDUCAUSE, Change and Innovation Labs for the American Council on Education, and a Breakthrough Models Incubator with NGLC. Bryan has also personally launched a statewide virtual school, a consulting practice, and helped three organizations navigate through merger and acquisition of their models.

In his third decade of innovative leadership for results in the education sector, Bryan has been a Chief Quality Officer, a Chief Design Officer, and CEO of the nation’s 2nd largest virtual school in the k-12 sector as well.  Closing access and opportunity gaps  have been a hallmark of Dr. Setser's career across multiple metrics,  at multiple sites, and in multiple sectors.

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.  He was instrumental in the development of North Carolina’s Learn and Earn Early College efforts online, and has served as an adjunct professor to masters and doctoral students in e-leadership theory and practice at North Carolina State University.

 

Work experience

Principal                       

RPK GROUP
April 2017Present

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

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

-Identifies and executes new partnerships, opportunities, and markets for rpk GROUP 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 

-Launched the company's first accelerator program in Washington, DC and Matchbook's third school in Indianapolis with the Mind Trust Foundation

-Oversaw 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

-Managed four direct reports

Partner

2Revolutions
Apr 2011Feb 2016

-Responsible for strategic vision, leadership, and operations for a national consultancy practice in k-12 and Higher Education 

-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

-Managed nine direct reports

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 31 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

Principal

Union County Public 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

-Principal of the year distinction 

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

Leadership for equity and excellence

Strategic Planning

Blended, personalized, and competency based Learning

Philanthropy

Design thinking

Entrepreneurship 

1:1 Digital Environments

Project Management

Coaching and Evaluation

Organizational Management

Curriculum Development

Business Models

FIELD BuILDING AND KEY DISTINCTIONS

TalentWell Board of Advisors

Global Voice - Board Chairman

Next Generation Learning Challenges Advisory Board

East Carolina University - business and education advisory board

High Point University - leadership academy advisory board for principal development

Akilah Institute - Global Advisory Council

Gratitude Network - Advisor/Mentor

Legends Charter Schools - Board member

NC Connections Academy - Past Board Chairman

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

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

Apple Executive Academy

References

Rick Staisloff - Founder and Principal, rpk GROUP - [email protected] - (410) 591-9018

Todd Kern, Founder and Partner - 2Revolutions - [email protected] - 917-640-7608

Susan Allred - former  CAO Iredell Statesville Schools & Assoc. Commissioner of Education in Kentucky - [email protected]  - 828-712-0423

JB Buxton - Former Deputy Supt. of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction - [email protected] - 919-605-6430

Amy Swan - CAO - Matchbook Learning - [email protected] -859-562-9269

Andy Caulkins - Deputy Director - Next Generation Learning/EDUCAUSE - [email protected] - 978-821-2575