Lorna Bryant, EdD
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Lorna Bryant is the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives for ACUE. Bryant is a dedicated educator who has spent her 20+ year career working to identify and create the best educational options for children regardless of geographic, socio-economic, or other circumstances. Bryant began her career in education as a middle and high school English and history teacher, cross-country coach, and gifted teacher and program administrator. She also spent her evenings and summers working for the Upward Bound program at the University of Arkansas, a program that helps low income and at-risk high school students prepare for post-secondary success. As a parent and an educator, Dr. Bryant has a particular interest in the needs of twice exceptional students and has worked as a consultant in this field, presenting to school districts, state departments of education, and advocacy groups.
Prior to coming to ACUE, Dr. Bryant worked at K12 Inc. (now Stride Inc.) as Vice President of School Development and later VP of Client Success and New Channel Business where she partnered with boards and ministries of education, school leaders, and policymakers to facilitate the launch and oversee the operations of full-time online and blended school options around the country and abroad. Bryant earned her bachelor’s degree in English education and master’s degree in gifted education from Arkansas Tech University. She earned her doctorate in educational administration and supervision (with a co-emphasis in gifted education) from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.