Truman M. Pierce Leadership Award: Dr. Craig Pouncey
The Truman M. Pierce award is presented by the Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators each year to an educator with outstanding contributions significantly beyond expectations which advance the direction of education in Alabama. This award is named after Dr. Truman M. Pierce, one of our state’s great leaders for many years in the area of administrative leadership. AAESA has presented this award since 1968 with some of former recipients being Dr. James Kimbrough, Dr. Harold Bishop, and Dr. Katherine Mitchell.
This year’s recipient is Dr. Craig Pouncey.
Dr. Pouncey has been Superintendent of the Jefferson County School System since July 1, 2014. The system which serves more than 36,000 students in 56 schools is Alabama’s second largest school system. Dr. Pouncey previously served as Chief of Staff for the State Department of education overseeing the day-to-day operation of the departments that affected K-12 education.
Before coming to Montgomery, Dr. Pouncey served as Superintendent of Education for Crenshaw County Schools, taught fourth and sixth grades, and was an assistant principal. He has an Ed.S in Educational Administration from Auburn University in Montgomery and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Samford University. Dr. Pouncey spent countless hours working with legislative and financial matters to ensure Alabama teachers and students had the resources necessary to provide a quality education.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy State Superintendent for Administrative and Financial Services in 2005, he served as director of Administrative and Financial Services.
While at the State Department Dr. Pouncey stated that he still considered himself a teacher with his primary goal being to teach people daily about Alabama’s school funding system. He firmly believes that “ the more people know, the more they understand.”
His hobbies are spending time with family, including two grandchildren, hunting, and managing timber.