At a special called meeting Thursday, January 28, 2021, the Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Steven Flynt as the new superintendent of Columbia County Schools, to succeed Dr. Sandra Carraway upon her retirement at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Dr. Flynt currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools. His formal education includes the following: an Associate of Arts Degree from Young Harris College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Lees-McRae College (Summa Cum Laude); a Masters degree in Science Education from Piedmont College; and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Flynt began his life as an educator in 1993, serving as junior high school teacher at Miller Grove Junior High School in Dekalb County. He went on to teach high school science at Dacula High School from 1994 – 2002 and thereafter to be promoted to assistant principal, where he served from 2002-2006. From 2006 – 2008, Dr. Flynt served as high school principal at Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett County, a school with over 3,200 students. During his tenure, the school received the Governor’s Cup Award for Greatest Gain in SAT scores. It was named Newsweek Top High School Achievement for Advanced Placement. In 2008, Dr. Flynt was promoted to area superintendent of Gwinnett County, over area five, where he was responsible for 22 schools. Also from 2008 – 2010, Dr. Flynt served as the Chief Academic Officer for Gwinnett County Public Schools. From 2010-2013, he served as Associate Superintendent in charge of the division of school leadership and operational support. From 2013-2016, Dr. Flynt served as Chief Strategy and Performance Officer and was responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of strategic initiatives, among other responsibilities. Since 2016, Dr. Flynt has served Gwinnett County as Associate Superintendent in charge of the Division of School Improvement and Operations. Dr. Flynt's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, oversight of an annual budget of more than $2 billion and a building program that has opened 38 schools in the past 12 years. Additionally, Dr. Flynt is a graduate of Harvard University Public Education Leadership Project and has been a presenter at multiple educational leadership conferences, including Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. Dr. Flynt is well known and highly respected in educational circles, at the state Capitol, and the state department of education.
Dr. Flynt was an Eagle Scout and was awarded the 2019 Silver Beaver Volunteer Award. In addition to Boy Scouts, he has served on the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Authority Board, Gwinnett Technical College Foundation Board, Presidential Advisory Council for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Strategic Leadership Delegation. Dr. Flynt was a member of the 2008 Class of Leadership Gwinnett and has since presented to Leadership Gwinnett on numerous occasions.
Dr. Flynt is married to Kristin, and they have three daughters, Sarah, Emily and Jessica. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, canoeing, water sports, boating, fishing, and lacrosse, among other things.
We welcome Dr. Flynt and his family.