Jeff Bryant retires as Superintendent of Greenbrier County Schools

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

At a special meeting of the Greenbrier County Board of Education on Wednesday, board members accepted the retirement of Superintendent Jeff Bryant. According to the agenda, it will be effective on March 29, 2024.

Bryant is a longtime educator in Greenbrier County Schools, with a history in area schools dating back to 1980. He previously served as a teacher, band director, and principal at Greenbrier East High School before the board hired him as superintendent in May 2016.

Bryant graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a bachelor of arts. Then, he achieved a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University and a Master’s in Music Education from Radford University.

He didn’t immediately return our request for comment before publishing.

Board of Education President Jeanie Wyatt told RealWV, “Jeff has decided he needs to spend time with his family. He loves this job but after all these years, he needs time to do other things. There was no incident or anything. This was the right time. We have discussed this possible retirement for many months.”

Bryant is a fixture in the community, serving in various music and community leadership posts. He also works as Director of Entertainment at The Greenbrier.

Doug Clemons, center, will serve as interim superintendent. Photo by Greenbrier County Schools.

WIth his retirement coming during spring break and several months to go in the school year, the board plans to name Doug Clemons as interim superintendent. Clemons is a veteran educator and administrator who is currently the Director of Personnel for Greenbrier County Schools. He will serve as interim superintendent until he retires at the end of June 2024, or until the board hires someone should that occur beforehand.

Greenbrier West principal also resigns

Bryant’s resignation wasn’t the only one on the agenda of Greenbrier County Board of Education members yesterday. Adam Young, the principal at Greenbrier West, also tendered his resignation.

Young is a veteran classroom educator from Nicholas County who is in his first year as principal at Greenbrier West. He took up residence in Greenbrier County to be closer to his students. But according to Board President Jeanie Wyatt, he has family in Nicholas County whose needs require him to be closer.

His resignation will be effective on June 30, 2024, once the school year has ended. The board will hire a new principal this summer.

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