Dr. Brian V. Hightower began his tenure as Superintendent of Schools for the Cherokee County School District on Feb. 1, 2016 after 30 years of service as a teacher and administrator.
Dr. Hightower started his career with the Cherokee County School District as a teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School. After nine years in the classroom, he advanced to serve as Assistant Principal and then Principal. In 2003, Dr. Hightower was named Director in the School District’s Office of School Operations, and he held that post for eight years. Dr. Hightower in 2011 was tapped to lead the Office of School Operations as its Assistant Superintendent, and in 2013 was appointed the School District’s Deputy Superintendent. The Cherokee County School Board in December 2015 unanimously approved Dr. Hightower as the School District’s next Superintendent of Schools.
A 1983 graduate of Reinhardt College (A.A., Liberal Arts), Dr. Hightower continued his education at Kennesaw State University (B.S., Education, 7-12), North Georgia College & State University (M.Ed., Education, 7-12), Georgia State University (Ed.S., Education, 4-8) and Samford University (Ed.D., Educational Leadership).
Dr. Hightower has served numerous community organizations including his current roles as Chairman of the Cherokee YMCA annual campaign and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. He is a strong supporter of Reinhardt University, and was a charter member and Co-Chair of the Price School of Education’s Alumni Association from 2004 to 2015 and is the University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Dr. Hightower serves on the State Superintendent of School’s Superintendents Advisory Council and recently was selected for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who” in Education.
He and his wife, Sue, are active in their church and have two children, Jonathan, a high school teacher and coach; and Stephanie, a recent college graduate who plans to serve as a missionary.