A NOTE FROM BOB GRAHAM CENTER DIRECTOR DAVID COLBURN
Brian Dassler, deputy chancellor of educator quality for the Florida Department of Education and a member of our Council of Advisors, died suddenly yesterday morning. Brian held three degrees from the University of Florida (B.A. 2001, a M.Ed. 2002, and an Ed.D. in 2016). He was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus twice. In 2006, while teaching at Stranahan High School, Brian was named Teacher of the Year in Broward County, Florida, the nation’s sixth largest school system.
Brian was the principal of KIPP Renaissance High School, a part of the nationally recognized KIPP network of public charter schools and chief academic officer for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students. At KIPP, Brian’s work created the foundation for 1,000 first generation college graduates by 2022, and at NOCCA Brian’s leadership resulted in the school being named an “A” school and one of the highest performing open enrollment high schools in Louisiana.
In addition to his many awards and recognitions, Brian was admired by all who interacted with him. Honest and caring to a fault, Brian was dedicated to young people from all backgrounds. His loss is deeply felt by our Center and by everyone who knew him.