Fairhope, Alabama , United States
|| February 16, 1955
Jul 19, 2011 11:24pm
|Info||Bradley Byrne was born and raised in Mobile where he attended University Military School. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, magna cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He practiced law in Mobile for over 25 years, primarily in the areas of business and employment litigation. From 1994 to 2002, he was a member of the Alabama State Board of Education. From 2002 to 2007, he represented District 32 (Baldwin County) in the Alabama State Senate where he served on the Education Committee, the Education Budget Committee, and the Judiciary Committee, and chaired the Joint Oversight Committee on State Parks. |
Mr. Byrne has worked for over 20 years to improve education in Alabama and has served on numerous boards and committees to this end, winning a number of awards along the way, including the Phi Delta Phi Outstanding Lay Person Award in 1998, the Alabama Association of School Boards’ Champion for Children Award in 2004, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools Legislative Leadership Award in 2004, and the South Alabama Literacy Champion Award in 2006.
He is also committed to conservation and won the Legislator of the Year Award from the Alabama Wildlife Federation in 2005. In his last year in the Senate, 2007, the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee honored Mr. Byrne with their Leadership Award. He is a member of Leadership Alabama, the Alabama State Bar, and a Honorary Life Member of the Alabama PTA.
Mr. Byrne was appointed by the Alabama State Board of Education in May of 2007 to serve as Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, in which role he serves as the chief executive officer of Alabama’s two-year college system. The Alabama College System includes 21 community colleges, four technical colleges, Marion Military Institute, Athens State University, the Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute, and the Alabama Technology Network. With a total budget of nearly $1 billion, the Alabama College System served more than 300,000 people in the 2005-06 academic year.
In his role as Chancellor, Mr. Byrne also serves as Chairman of the State Workforce Planning Council. In that role he oversees all of Alabama’s workforce development efforts.
He is married to the former Rebecca Dukes of Montgomery, and they are the parents of four children: Patrick, Kathleen, Laura, and Colin. Mr. Byrne lives in Fairhope where he attends St. James Episcopal Church.