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Gov. Jerry Brown

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Newpoint Tampa High School
  • Board Member
    Oakland Military Institute


  • B.A. , English and education
    University of Illinois
  • Master , education
    University of Indiana
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Bruce ..., 6 Nov 2013 [cached]
Bruce Holaday
Bruce Holaday
Gov. Jerry Brown has named Bruce Holaday, who for five years ran the military charter school in Oakland that Brown founded, the next member of the State Board of Education.
Holaday, 59, currently does fundraising and designs teacher workshops and programs for at-risk youths as the director of educational advancement at Wildlife Associates, a nonprofit in Half Moon Bay that offers conservation education to schools. For most of his career, Holaday has taught and been an administrator at military schools, although he didn't attend a military academy or serve in the military.
For 28 years he held various positions, including English teacher, development director, and administrator of a large summer school and camps, at the Culver Academies, a century-old private military school in Northern Indiana.
"My background is not typical for this position," Holaday said in a telephone interview.
A backlash against the Vietnam War wiped out dozens of military schools in the 1970s, but within the past decade there has been a resurgence of the military model in magnet and charter schools attracted to its "clear and distinct purpose and direct approach to behavior and values," said Holaday, comparing it with the Boy Scouts when done well.
"The heart and soul of good military schools are patterns of ritual and traditions, knowing that each year the traditions will go on," he said.
Holaday attended public schools and graduated with a B.A. in English and education from the University of Illinois. He also has a Master's in education from the University of Indiana. He grew up in Champagne, Ill., home of the university where his father was a professor of drama. His mother had a Ph.D in French. He didn't have to travel far for the job with Culver Academies; it's on the same lake in Indiana as the family's summer cottage.
Filed under: Charter Schools, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, State Board of Education, UC and CSU · Tags: Bruce Holaday, Jerry Brown, Oakland Military Institute
I have no idea if Mr. Holaday has utilized the same exclusive and discriminatory practices with our Governor's charters. The Governor's election committee would constantly bombard me with "please donate" emails, but when I'd ask for specifics I received a resounding silence.
Where's the Governor's accountability for students with disabilities in his schools and what is Mr. Holaday's position on students with moderate/severe disabilities in charters? Will he use his position to create a better environment for this population or will it be a gift to the California Charter Schools Association who uses dues to lobby for favorable laws that will enrich them at the expense of the public and our public schools that serve all children?
Bruce Holaday, 59, of ..., 8 July 2012 [cached]
Bruce Holaday, 59, of Oakland, has been appointed to the State Board of Education. Holaday has been director of educational advancement at Wildlife Associates since 2010. He was director of Newpoint Tampa High School from 2009 to 2010 and director of the Oakland Military Institute from 2004 to 2009. Holaday served in multiple positions at the Culver Academies from 1976 to 2004, including development director, director of summer programs and English teacher. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Holaday is a Democrat.
Document Delivery, 1 Feb 2005 [cached]
Bruce Holaday, OMI's most recent superintendent, has a long history with military schools, and has changed some things during his first six months on the job.
"I don't think there were many people here in the early years who understood the (military school) model," Holaday said.
For example, the school's former practice of putting a National Guard sergeant at the back of each classroom to keep students in line was a "bizarre" idea, the superintendent said.
A good military school puts students in positions of responsibility, and creates a sense of accomplishment and "ownership" among students, he said.
"You don't get that if you've got military people watching in the back of the room," Holaday said.
A few students said that classes are more rowdy this year without the soldiers in the room.Compared to other public middle schools, OMI classes still appear highly, almost impossibly disciplined.
Holaday came to OMI after almost three decades working as an English teacher, administrator and fund-raiser at the Culver Academy, one of the nation's top military boarding schools, located near Chicago in Indiana.
Holaday left his family and friends in Indiana to take over the vacant superintendent's office at Brown's school.
"The mayor can be a persuasive person," he said.
Under the new superintendent, the school has added a counseling program, an art class, after-school tutoring and an expanded student leadership program.Advanced placement classes are on the schedule for next year, and the school's sports programs are growing.
Holaday said OMI will continue to focus on "values education," which he defines as teaching concepts of justice, compassion, honor and other "traits that have served civilization for centuries."
"To me, that is every bit as important in a person's life as how fast he can fly through a calculus problem," he said.
OMI Superintendent Bruce ..., 9 June 2007 [cached]
OMI Superintendent Bruce Holaday is understandably a bit sensitive about the suggestion that he is turning his back on the military.In late April, his decision to release five California National Guard members, as of July 1, prompted a student walkout and protest , the first such demonstration in the school's history.He is also dealing with a group of parents unhappy with the school's direction.Some are keen on forcing him out.
"What concerns me is that a few parents can create a sense that there are changes to reduce the military presence, the military goals or the military programs, and that's simply not true," Holaday said.
But he is making changes.Until now, the school's military staff members came entirely from the California National Guard.They were men and women regularly called to active duty, sometimes for service in Iraq.
Next year, seven of the school's 20 officers will be from the California Cadet Corps, a program Holaday compares to the Junior ROTC.
The school had four superintendents in three years before Holaday came.
Brief History of Rowing at Culver, 25 May 2008 [cached]
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