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Bowler Receives GSSA President’s Award

Recognition given during state superintendents association’s conference

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Henry County Schools Superintendent received a prestigious award recently during the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s (GSSA) Spring Bootstrap Conference in Savannah.

The President’s Award was given to Bowler during a presentation on Tuesday, April 18 in front of his peers from across the state.  These awards are given to superintendents for outstanding leadership in their school systems and communities.

John Zauner, GSSA Executive Director, shared what earned Bowler the award during remarks before conference attendees.

“Rodney Bowler consistently displays a passion for the children of his community,” noted Zauner.  “He works tirelessly in providing the best education environment for the children of the Henry County Schools. It is evidenced in the rising student achievement results the Henry County School System is producing.”

Bowler has vast experience in the field of education having served at almost every level in public education. He has also held the following positions during his sterling career: teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of human resources, and assistant superintendent for administrative services. At every stop along the way, he has excelled in all of his areas of responsibility and established the reputation of being tireless, progressive, and innovative. He possesses exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills and is known for his outstanding judgment and problem-solving abilities.

One of the biggest hallmarks of his tenure as superintendent is the support and implementation of a personalized learning approach for the district’s 42,000+ students. This unique approach is gaining traction with school systems from coast to coast, while Henry County Schools has been seen as a pacesetter in education circles.

From a multi-million dollar grant from the Gates Foundation and features in educational publications to requested speaking engagements and visitors from school systems near and far, the eighth largest school system in Georgia looms large on the evolving landscape that is educational instruction. Recognizing the need to help bring teachers up to speed with this changing approach to teaching, Bowler has taken several outside-the-box approaches to getting those on classroom frontlines as comfortable as possible.

No matter what his role, this remarkable leader has left the position better than he found it. His ability to make things happen is done so with strong guidance and without the need for a lot of attention. Doing your job the best that you can and making positive impacts for students, staff, and the community is all the attention that is needed.

Griffin Regional Education Service Agency Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Gordy noted her fortunes in working with an outstanding and exemplary leaders such as Bowler.

She went on to state, “Our entire region benefits from his professional prowess and excellent leadership.”

Bowler is the 14th superintendent of Henry County Schools.  He shared his plans publicly to retire at the end of September of this year.

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