Nashville, TN – Education Commissioner Timothy Webb today announced the appointment of Bruce Opie to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Education. Mr. Opie joined the Department in 1985 and most recently served as the Department’s Assistant Commissioner for Legislation and Policy. As Deputy Commissioner he will oversee implementation of state education funding of local school systems.
“I am confident that Bruce’s experience and dedication will serve our mission of graduating every student college- and career-ready,” Commissioner Webb said. “Bruce is the right person to help us as we change the education landscape following our Race to the Top achievement.”
Mr. Opie has spent thirty-four years in the field of public education, nine of those years as a classroom teacher in Clarksville-Montgomery County, where he was awarded the DAR Tennessee History Teacher of the Year Award. Bruce has served as the Department’s Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Director for the State’s Special Schools and helped to develop the Department’s Exemplary Educator Program.
“I am honored to support such a great team at a time when the nation has put education on the front burner,” Deputy Commissioner Opie said. “I look forward to implementing the initiatives of our Race to the Top plan and working with school districts across our state for the ultimate goal of successfully graduating all students ready for the future.”
Mr. Opie holds a BS with a double major in history and political science and a master’s degree in Education Administration, both from Austin Peay State University.
Former Deputy Robert Greene, who served as Deputy since August 2008, has taken a position as Superintendent of Athens City Schools.