January 20, 2021

New Schools for Baton Rouge Taps Local Education Leader as CEO

BATON ROUGE – January 20, 2022 – New Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR) today announced the appointment of its next CEO Kenneth Campbell, a local education leader with decades of experience creating excellent education opportunities for all children. 

“NSBR is building on a decade of experience partnering with proven school operators and leaders from across the country to bring excellent school models to Baton Rouge,” said Brian Haymon, chair of NSBR’s Board of Directors. “Ken’s leadership, passion for education, and familiarity with the local education landscape will ensure we continue on our path to ensure every child in Baton Rouge can attend an excellent school.” 

Campbell most recently served as the executive director for southern Louisiana of IDEA Public Schools. Prior to his work at IDEA Public Schools, Campbell was the president of Black Alliance for Educational Options and worked as the Director of Charter Schools for the Louisiana Department of Education. 

“NSBR has accomplished so much in the past ten years, but the work is far from done. There are tens of thousands of students across Baton Rouge and our state that are still attending underperforming schools,” said Campbell. “I’m excited to join an incredible organization and continue the important work of bringing excellent school options to our city.”

NSBR empowers educators across the city with the resources they need to meet the individual needs and learning styles of each child, regardless of their background. Campbell, who has served as a founding NSBR Board Member and educator, will replace Chris Meyer as he exits to spearhead the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. 

NSBR partners with school operators and leaders across the country – particularly those that have strong track records of success for historically underserved student populations – to offer guidance and  support as they launch their high quality school models in our community. 

Finding schools with long track records of student success that emphasize strong positive outcomes for students of color, students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds, students with disabilities, and English language learners, NSBR has helped launch and grow more than two-dozen charter schools that today serve more than 10,000 students across Baton Rouge. 

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