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Bryan Preston, Jr.

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District 8 Director

Elected to his local Board in a December 2010 Run-off election, Bryan Preston has served as a member of the Coffee County (GA) School Board since January 1, 2011. Bryan has served as Local Board Chair and Vice-Chair during his first 2 terms. Bryan served as GSBA President-Elect for 2020 and as GSBA Vice-President in 2019.

Prior to his tenure as an Officer to GSBA Bryan had served as a District 8 Director for GSBA  and has served on the GSBA Board Chair Advisory Committee, the Governmental Operations Committee (GOC), and as Delegate for Coffee County during GSBA’s Delegate Assembly. As a member of the Coffee County Board of Education Bryan has made several presentations and served on panels of discussion at our member conferences including topics on Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Charter Systems and School Safety and Security.

Bryan is a proponent of local control and maintains strong relationships with his State Legislators and local City and County governing agencies. Bryan worked for 25 years in Foodservice Sales and Marketing. He and his wife Mary are both graduates of the University of Georgia. Mary recently retired after 31 years teaching in Elementary classrooms for Clarke and Coffee counties. Bryan and Mary have a daughter, Chelsea, a recent graduate of Valdosta State University. Mary and Chelsea are Bryan’s inspiration to serve his community as a local school board member.