Leslie Hazle Bussey joined the GLISI staff in 2010 and serves as Interim Executive Director. Her background is in teaching, professional learning, and research. She began her career as a teacher of middle grades students in English and Social Studies and she has drawn on that experience extensively to develop engaging adult learning for teachers and education leaders, design solutions to problems of practice in schools and districts, and conduct research to assess the effectiveness of leadership development.

Most recently, Leslie served on Georgia’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Advisory Council; Georgia’s Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Induction Task Force; and was one of six invited members of the Development Team for the Georgia Department of Education’s Principal Mentor training module. Formerly the Director of Research at the Southern Regional Education Board, Leslie oversaw a 16 state policy study of indicators of cohesive leadership development systems, and was lead evaluator on a federally funded grant studying teacher induction.

In her role, Leslie establishes GLISI’s strategic direction and supports our staff in working toward achieving the organization’s mission of developing world-class education leaders who advance student achievement and organizational effectiveness. She also oversees GLISI’s day-to-day strategy and operations; is the primary architect of GLISI’s federal and state grant initiatives, overseeing grant implementation; and is responsible for capturing GLISI’s success stories and lessons learned along the way. Leslie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University, an M.Ed. in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington.