In Honor of Reginald M. Felton

The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. Board President, Reginald M. Felton transitioned on Saturday, June 11, 2022. The entire Saturday School community mourns the loss of this great man and is saddened to report this devastating news, and we are simultaneously grateful for the years of service Reggie provided to education locally, regionally, and nationally.

Reginald M. Felton

As a servant leader in public education, Mr. Felton served as Vice President and President of The Board of Directors of the George B. Thomas Learning Academy; on the Board of Directors of the Rudolph W. Snowden Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing post-secondary scholarships; and as a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Becoming the first African American to serve as Board President, Mr. Felton worked tirelessly as an elected member of the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education, where he served three terms. In 2007, Mr. Felton received an appointment from the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College. Additionally, he was an elected Commissioner and Mayor of Highland Beach, Maryland, an incorporated beach community outside Annapolis founded by Charles Douglass, son of Frederick Douglass.

Mr. Felton was first appointed to the Board of Trustees for the University of the District of Columbia in January 2010 and received a second appointment in 2014 where he served as Treasurer, Chairman of the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee, and a member of the Operations Committee. Although a native Washingtonian, Mr. Felton spent his early years in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Felton was President of Felton Associates, L.L.C., providing consulting and lobbying services to not-for-profit organizations and local school boards in the areas of public policy, communications, and organizational leadership. Before establishing his firm, he served at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as the Assistant Executive Director for Congressional Relations. At NSBA, he was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive legislative strategies representing the interests of local school boards from across the nation on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.

Prior to his affiliation with NSBA, Mr. Felton was a senior executive with the U.S. Department of the Navy, where he served in key policy development positions on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Office of Manpower and Reserve Affairs) and the Chief of Naval Operations. His areas of responsibility included human resources, shore installation management, and congressional relations. He also served as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard.

Mr. Felton received a B.A. degree in sociology from Howard University; an M.S. degree in urban studies from Tulane University; and holds certificates from the Federal Executive Institute, the Brooking Institution, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The staff and board members at George B. Thomas Learning Academy send their condolences to his wife, Dianne L. Felton, and their son, Brandon R. Felton, who resides in New York City with his wife Brie Miranda Bryant, and their two children.

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