Barry L. Carroll, Ed.D.
Founder of Capacity Educational Services
9073 Brigadoon Dr. Athens, AL 35611
After 30 years in public education in Alabama, Dr. Barry Carroll retired as Superintendent of Education 2011. Dr. Carroll’s career in education consisted of serving as a teacher in the Tuscaloosa (Alabama) City Schools; Assistant Principal and Coordinator of Athletics for Central High School in Tuscaloosa; Principal of Eastwood Middle School in Tuscaloosa; Principal of Ed White Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama; Director of Secondary Education and Professional Development in the Huntsville City Schools; and Superintendent of Education for ten years in the Limestone County Schools in Athens, Alabama. Dr. Carroll has also served as an adjunct professor at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where he has taught Instructional and Educational Leadership and Issues in School Finance.
Dr. Carroll earned his Bachelor of Education Degree in 1979 from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama where he lettered in football for four years, received All-Conference Honors for two years and was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the week on October 20, 1976. Dr. Carroll graduated in four years with high honors. In 1980, Dr. Carroll received his first Master of Arts Degree and in 1986, he earned his second MA Degree in Educational Administration, both from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In 1986, Dr. Carroll was a graduate assistant football coach at The University of Alabama for Head Football Coach Ray Perkins. In 1992, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Award in the Area of Administration and Educational Leadership at The University of Alabama. In 1993, Dr. Carroll received his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from The University of Alabama in Educational Administration and Instructional Leadership with emphasis on Planning and Policy. His dissertation was entitled, “Perceptions of Selected Alabama Educators regarding Alabama High School Athletic Association Academic Eligibility Standards.”
Dr. Carroll has been recognized and received many awards for his work in education. Some of the most notable awards include the following: In 2008, he received the Superintendent Spotlight Award presented by Athens State University (ASU) in recognition for Commitment to Excellence in “Building Success Stories” for ASU students. In 2006, Dr. Carroll received the Outstanding Contribution to Education Award presented by the Capstone College of Education Society for The University of Alabama. In 2005, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the Alabama School Communicators Association. In 2002, Dr. Carroll received the Distinguished Community Service Award presented by the Community Action Agency for Huntsville, Madison and Limestone Counties. In 2001, Carroll was inducted into the Alabama A&M University Athletic Hall of Fame for Football. While serving as a principal, Dr. Carroll was the recipient of the 1996 State of Alabama PTA Most Outstanding Secondary Principal Award. Dr. Carroll also received the 1996 and 1997 Huntsville City Schools Most Outstanding Principal Award. Dr. Carroll was also honored when he was nominated and selected for the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA) Honorary Life Membership (National PTA’s highest honor) and the Alabama PTA Certificate of Honorary Life Membership.
Dr. Carroll has been a member of many associations and organizations including the American Association of School Administrators (AASA); the Horace Mann League; Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS); School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA); the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), just to name a few.
Dr. Carroll has served on many national, state and local committees and served in leadership roles in many educational activities including The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Focus on Leadership for Learning Committee; the AASA Environmental Analysis Committee; the Alabama Council for Leadership Development Committee; Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI), a national organization for Superintendents; President of the North Alabama Superintendents Association; served as a School Superintendents of Alabama Mentor and Coach for new superintendents; and served on the AASA Superintendents Roundtable for the AASA Center for System Leadership.
Dr. Carroll has made many presentations and has been published in newspapers and journals. Some of the presentations were for organizations including the National Conference on Alternatives to Expulsion, Suspension and Dropouts; National African American Males Conference; School Superintendents of Alabama Conferences regarding decreasing the dropout rate; Keynote speaker for the Alabama A&M University Founders Day Ceremony; Alabama Superintendents Academy; and presentations for the Alabama State Department of Education.
Dr. Carroll worked for two technology companies in Atlanta from 2011-2017. He worked for Promethean from 2011-2014 and Classworks (Curriculum Advantage) from 2014-2017. In 2017, Dr. Carroll launched his own company called Capacity Educational Services, a consulting company focusing on leadership development for school districts, businesses, churches and other organizations.