Shumate named superintendent of Troup County School System

Published 5:03 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019

Brian T. Shumate was named the superintendent of Troup County Schools at Thursday night’s board meeting.

Shumate had previously served as the superintendent of the Medford School District in Medford, Oregon. Shumate will be making his second cross-country move in five years. Until 2014, he had lived in Louisville, Kentucky his entire life. Shumate started working in the Jefferson County Public School System in Louisville in 1987 and served in a variety of roles during his time there.

“I was in Jefferson County 27 years total, seven as a teacher and a coach, seven as an assistant principal, six as a principal, five as a liaison and two as an assistant superintendent,” Shumate said in a previous interview with the LDN.

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In 2014, he was named the superintendent in Medford and decided to make the 2,300-mile move. He said it’s been a rewarding experience, but he’s ready to get back closer to family in Louisville.

Shumate said during his time at Medford, the district has seen its graduation rate rise 15 percentage points in the last four years. He also said the district has moved ahead of the state average in math, science and English/language arts.

He said in a previous interview that the Medford School District reminds him a lot of Troup. According to its website, the Medford School District serves 14,000 students, which is just a little above the 12,000 or so students in TCSS.

Shumate earned a bachelor of arts degree and master’s degree from the University of Louisville. He also earned a doctor of philosophy from the University of Louisville in 2003.

Shumate and his wife Dana have a daughter and son. Shumate’s daughter and son-in-law attended the University of Georgia, so he said he has links to the state.

The Troup County School System had been looking for a new superintendent since August, when Cole Pugh resigned from the position.