Governor Terry E. Branstad has named Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School graduate, Dr. Brad Buck, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, calling him a visionary leader.
Buck has served as superintendent of the 1,300-student Saydel school district in rural Polk County since July 2011. He previously worked as a school administrator in the Waukee, Hudson and North Mahaska school districts from 1997 to 2011. Buck began his education career in 1992 as a science teacher at Parkview Middle School in Ankeny. He is also a past president of School Administrators of Iowa. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1987.
"A successful future starts with a great education," said Buck. "I'm grateful that the education I received from the dedicated professionals at Jefferson High School and in the Cedar Rapids Community School District gave me the foundation and focus I needed to pursue my professional path. As a state, we must work together to ensure all students are prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in postsecondary training, in work, and in life."
Buck is set to begin his new job by September 1. He and his wife, Traci, live in Urbandale and have six children. Buck is the son of Ray and Karren Buck of Cedar Rapids.