Alabama Education Association names Brenda Pike new executive director

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The Alabama Education Association has hired a new executive director.

Brenda Pike, Ed.D., CAE, will assume top spot at AEA on May 16 — more than a year after Henry Mabry‘s March 2015 resignation following an audit that revealed financial mismanagement.

The AEA Board announced Pike’s hiring Friday after an extensive national search. Pike currently serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA).

“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Pike is assuming this important role at this time,” said AEA President Sheila Hocutt Remington. “She has the deep experience and skill to lead AEA forward, to foster collaborative working relationships across the state, and to continue the strong membership advocacy that is the trademark of the Alabama Education Association,”

A Gadsden native, Pike moved to Montgomery when her father, William Dodson, left his role as assistant pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gadsden to become the founding pastor of Eastern Hills Baptist Church. Pike later received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Memphis.

Pike worked for 12 years as a classroom teacher before joining the staff of the Tennessee Education Association. She subsequently was employed for eight years as the assistant executive director for the Texas State Teachers Association before being named to lead the ISTA in 2010.

Under Pike’s leadership, the ISTA achieved stability and improvements in education policy.  Pike instituted robust membership and communication programs, and cutting edge technological advancements to engage members and communities around improving public education and student learning.

“I am so deeply honored for the opportunity to come back home to serve Alabama educators,” Pike said. “AEA has been the leading advocate for education professionals, public schools and students for 160 years, and I look forward to making a meaningful contribution to its legacy alongside its leaders, staff and members.”

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