OWENSBORO, Ky. (June 20, 2013) — The president and CEO of Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. has been named the new superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools.
The Owensboro Board of Education announced the hiring of Nicholas Brake, Ph.D., in May. He is returning to the field of education after working with the economic development corporation for seven years. Brake will assume his new role July 1.
“I am excited about working with the dedicated staff in the Owensboro Public Schools. I appreciate the Board giving me the opportunity to be a part of the future of the Owensboro Public School District,” he said.
Brake began his teaching career in 1991 at Daviess County High School and was the Director of Assessment, Research and Curriculum Development for the Daviess County Public School District from 1998 to February 2002. He continued in education at the post-secondary level when he joined the Owensboro Community and Technical College’s administrative team in 2002, focusing much of his time on vocational training and high school/college partnerships.
In February 2006, Brake left his position as OCTC Vice President to take the leadership position in the community’s development organization.
A graduate of Covington Catholic High School, Brake earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education from Northern Kentucky University in 1991; a Master of Arts degree in History in 1997 from Western Kentucky University; a Rank I Certification in Educational Administration from WKU in 1999; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the areas of Education Administration, Leadership, and Policy from the University of Louisville in 2003.
Brake and his wife Candance have two children in the Owensboro Public Schools. He will replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Larry D. Vick.