Dr. Lonnie Edwards, Sr.

Dr. Lonnie Edwards, Sr.
Board Chair

Appointed by Senate Delegation; terms ends 12/2023
Email: ledwards@dekalbcountyga.gov

Dr. Lonnie Edwards, Sr.
is the President of Edwards & Associates, Inc., an educational consulting firm. He is experienced in and passionate about strategies that focus on social and emotional learning, parental engagement, drop-out recovery, community/stakeholder relations, and professional and leadership development.

Dr. Edwards earned a Doctorate in School Administration and Supervision from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). While working on his doctorate, he also studied at the University of West Indies.

He earned two master’s degrees in School Administration and Physical Education and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Psychology from the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL as well as an Associate Degree from Coahoma Junior College, Clarksdale, MS.  Dr. Edwards graduated with honors and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame at both institutions.

In 2004, after 34 years, Dr. Edwards retired from the DeKalb County School, having progressed from a classroom teacher to an Assistant Superintendent.  Upon retirement, he was engaged as a consultant by the school system in White Plains, NY to assist with addressing and managing diversity issues.  In 2006, he was employed by the Georgia Department of Education as a Federal Programs Specialist.

From 2008-2011, Dr. Edwards served as the Superintendent of the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, MS.

For several years, Dr. Edwards served as an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University in the Graduate School of its Department of Education. He taught classes in School Law, Personnel Administration, School/Community Relations, Administrative Leadership, and Leadership Development.

For his service to the community, Dr. Edwards has received many awards and recognitions, including Atlanta’s WXIA-TV 11-Alive’s Community Service Award.  He is the author of A Teacher’s Touch: Reaching Beyond Boundaries, inspired by his being featured on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show for making a difference in the life of a former student born with a physical disability.  This story also was featured in the “Heroes for Today” section of the September 1997 issue of the Reader’s Digest.

 In 2020, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council for the State of Georgia presented Dr. Edwards with its first award in the field of Education.  In 2019, he received the President’s Award as a Distinguished Alumnus & Educator from the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL and was also an inductee in the Clarksdale/Coahoma County, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.  In 2019 and 2020, he served as a guest speaker for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, based at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. In 2017, the Minority Alumni Association at the University of Montevallo established the Dr. Lonnie J. Edwards, Sr. Outstanding Minority Alumnus Award and presented the first award to him.

In 2007, Dr. Edwards was inducted into the Mississippi Community & Junior College Sports Hall of Fame as one of its 45 charter members. He was also a member of the 2001 Men’s National Basketball Team Gold Medal Winners in the Senior Olympics Games.

Dr. Edwards and his wife, Cynthia Dorsey Edwards, have three adult children and six grandchildren.

He was selected to receive this honor for his noteworthy contributions on and off the basketball cot. A few other awards presented to Dr. Edwards include: Congressional Black Caucus, Education Technology Think Tank Braintrust, Champion Award; Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, presented by Congressman John Lewis; Jefferson Award for Public Service from the American Institute for Public Service, Washington, D.C.; Key to the City of Selma, AL, at the City-wide Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday; Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Excellence in Education Award; Proclamation, signed by Governor Zell Miller, State of Georgia; and the NAIA Service Master Distinguished Graduate Award.