The Liberty County Board of Education hired a new principal for Bradwell Institute Tuesday.
Toriano Gilbert, who has been serving as the principal of Brunswick High, will replace Scott Carrier, who has been BI principal for seven years and with the Liberty County system 33 years. He announced his retirement earlier this year.
Most of the personnel recommendations discussed in an executive session Tuesday were late approved unanimously. Gilbert's, however, was approved on a 5-1 vote with Marcia Anderson voting no and Carol Guyette abstaining. An earlier version of this story incorretly said the vote was unanimous.
Gilbert’s name was not mentioned during the meeting. Board member Marcus Scott IV congratulated Gilbert on his appointment as principal during Scott’s weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Education Hotline.
Gilbert will begin his new job at BI July 1, according to board Chairwoman Lily Baker.
Before being selected as the principal at Brunswick, Gilbert was principal at Crisp County High, according to his biography posted on the Glynn County School System website.
Prior to that, he was principal at Southwestern Elementary School for three years and assistant principal at J. S. Pate Elementary School for two years.
He began his educational career in 2000 in Peach County, where he taught health and physical education in both middle and high school, according to the biography.
In 2007, Gilbert was named a Georgia High Performance Principal by the Georgia Department of Education. During his tenure at Crisp County, the school received a Bronze Award and was ranked as one of America’s Best High Schools in 2009-10 by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, the school also was named a Governor’s Cup SAT “AAA Winner.” Under Gilbert’s direction, Southwestern Elementary School was named a Title I Distinguished School from 2005 through 2007.
Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla. He also holds master’s and specialist degrees in educational leadership from Troy State University.
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