Brian had come to the Florida DOE from New Orleans, where he’d moved after Hurricane Katrina to become the founding principal of KIPP Renaissance High School, a part of the nationally recognized KIPP network of public charter schools. While working at FLDOE, Brian also served on the Council of Advisors at UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
Here are just a couple of the many tributes coming in as news of Brian’s unexpected passing spreads:
“Perhaps the best thing about Brian is that he was a wonderful friend to so many. It seemed that no one involved in education reform in Florida was more than two degrees removed from one another, because Brian connected us all.” – Don Pemberton, director of the UF Lastinger Center for Learning
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart spoke at length about Brian at today’s State Board of Education meeting: “I believe he was able to achieve so much in his short 38 years because he never lost his desire to learn . . . He inspired others to go the extra mile and believe they, too, could make a difference.”
More news and tributes memorializing Brian can be found on the following websites:
- Note from UF Bob Graham Center Director David Colburn: http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/content/brian-dassler
- Tallahassee Democrat: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/03/22/doe-star-brian-dassler-mourned/99495248/
- The Times-Picayune of Greater News Orleans: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2017/03/kipp_renaissance_principal.html
- VIDEO: TED Talk by Brian Dassler on “Why We Persist at Some Things But Quit at Others”: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2017/03/kipp_renaissance_principal.html
Details of any funeral and memorial service arrangements will be announced as soon as they become available. The College of Education is working to create a memorial fund in Brian Dassler’s name, to support UF Education Leadership students with an interest in education policy.
CONTACT / WRITER: Larry Lansford, news & communications director, UF College of Education; firstname.lastname@example.org; 352-273-4137