The Center for Board Behavior Reform
Transforming boards one member at a time.

Who We Are


Our Mission


To help school boards achieve positive, long-term, measurable change in behavior that results in higher academic performance for their districts. Boards are responsible for academic performance. Boards are responsible for the direction of the entire district. They determine the success, or failure, of a school system.


Our History


The CBBR was created as a result of the ground-breaking research done by Dr. David E. Lee at The University of Southern Mississippi. The research revealed, for the first time, a direct link between school board behaviors and student achievement. Our research team observed over 200 school board meetings nationwide to see how boards operated in both high, and low, performing school systems. There was a huge difference in the way they conducted business. Based upon this research a national training model was developed and the CBBR now provides the most unique training in the country based on behavior change.


Our Team


Dr. David LeeDr. David E. Lee is the Founder and President of the CBBR. He has worked at the forefront of public education reform in serving as a classroom teacher, principal, superintendent of schools, deputy state superintendent of education for the State of Louisiana, college professor, local school board member, and consultant to school systems and school boards all over the country. Dr. Lee has an earned doctorate from Louisiana State University in educational leadership. He has 40 plus years of experience driving change in organizations and providing motivation that enables people to be better at what they do. His cutting edge research on school board behaviors has gained national attention from school boards all across America. He has presented his research nationwide which includes the National School Board Association Conventions and has shared his research with state associations across the country.


Dr. James FoxDr. James Fox is chief researcher for the CBBR and provides expertise as a certified LPI Coach. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and has many years of executive and administrative leadership experience in the P-12 educational setting. His leadership included accreditation, building expansions, fund-raising, strategic planning, leadership development and many change initiatives. He earned a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cairn University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. He is the Vice President for the Mississippi Association of Professors of Educational Leadership.


Ms. Miranda BeardMiranda A. Beard is executive trainer and mentor to school board members. She is the immediate past president of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). She is also a local school board president and past president of the Mississippi School Boards Association. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in broadcast journalism with an emphasis on public relations.

She brings a wealth of experience to the CBBR. It is refreshing to have someone of her experience and training ability to share proven strategies with other school board members. Her expertise will allow her to serve as a mentor to school board members and consult with them one-on-one in the follow-up monthly calls.


Our Purpose

Research-Based Training for District-Wide Leaders


We provide school board training based on a research-oriented behavioral change model that is not duplicated anywhere in America. Our training is geared toward entire district level leadership teams; school boards, superintendents, and executive staff.

We have expertise and extensive background in

  • the school superintendency,
  • school board memberships,
  • school administration (at all levels),
  • school board professional development.

If you're worried about the performance of your board, we can help.


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