Ultra conservatives — the kind of people who sought and failed to install anti-science and anti-LGBTQ demagogues onto the Anchorage School Board aren’t going to be too happy about this one.

The Anchorage School Board just announced it has selected Dr. Jharrett Bryantt as the district’s new superintendent. Bryantt will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop, an unpopular Dunleavy sycophant who has repeatedly bungled and confused the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Bryantt most recently served as an Executive Officer at the Houston Independent School District (ISD), which serves over 194,000 students, 26,000 employees, and 276 campuses.

During his time at Houston ISD, he led efforts to attract, retain and competitively compensate world class talent for one of the nation’s largest school systems. He has served Houston ISD in numerous capacities, including as a college advisor, director, and an Assistant Superintendent.

Under Dr. Bryantt’s leadership, thousands of students graduated from the district on full scholarships to college and received no-cost vocational credentials to enter high-wage, high-demand careers upon graduation.

He has been recognized locally and nationally for his accomplishments, most recently being named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 education leaders to watch in 2019, and then to Forbes’ 2021 national list of 50 champions for advancing communities of color.

Dr. Bryantt is an alumnus of the top-ranked Cooperative Superintendent Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and has also completed numerous national future superintendent fellowships. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in education leadership and policy from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science from Yale University.

In a letter posted to the Anchorage School District website, School Board President Margo Bellamy said Dr. Bryantt was chosen for his transformational vision, his relentless commitment to equitable education, and his strong leadership experience with a large school district.

Dr. Bryannt will take the helm of ASD on July 1.