The DeKalb County Board of Education has a new leader at its helm.
By a vote of 7-2, the school board elected Dr. Melvin Johnson as its chairman in a special meeting Feb. 20. Board members Nancy Jester and Pamela Speaks voted against Johnson.
Johnson, a retired DeKalb County deputy superintendent, has more than 37 years of education experience. During his career, he has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, area superintendent and deputy superintendent.
After retiring from the DeKalb school district in 2004, Johnson has served on the Redan Parent Advisory Board, DeKalb Youth Leadership Academy development committee and YMCA Academies’ board of directors.
Johnson earned his bachelor of science degree from Fort Valley State College. From Atlanta University he earned his masters of education, and educational doctorate degrees.
Johnson takes over the board chairman position from Eugene Walker who stepped to give “a new leader for our new superintendent,” Walker said.