Stephen Pruitt serves as the sixth president of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). He started his education career as a high school chemistry teacher in Fayette County, Georgia. Before SREB, Pruitt was Kentucky’s state commissioner of education. At the national level, he worked closely with state agencies and educators around the country to improve policy and practice in science education. In Georgia, Pruitt served as science and mathematics program manager, director of academic standards, associate state superintendent for assessment and accountability and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Education. Pruitt also served as a board member to the Council of Chief State School Officers, as president of the Council of State Science Supervisors and as a member of the writing team for the College Board Standards for College Success for science. In addition, he served on the National Academies of Science Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards that developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education.