The Cum Laude Society

Registrar General

Bradley E. Lyman
Head of School
Kentucky Country Day School

Biographical Information

Bradley E. Lyman was appointed head of school at Kentucky Country Day School in October 2002 and assumed duties on July 1, 2003. Currently in his 33th year of service to independent school education, he has implemented numerous reforms and initiatives during his tenure leading the KCD community including a one-to-one laptop program, an honors capstone program, international travel for faculty and students, a vastly increased professional development program and a global internship program, to name but a few. In May of 2009, KCD was named a prestigious Malone Family Foundation partner school with the receipt of a $2,000,000 grant. In August 2010, KCD opened a new 28,000 square feet fine arts center, including a main auditorium, eight classrooms, and a blackbox theater. Under his leadership the school has thrived financially and has grown to near full enrollment with 951 students.

Mr. Lyman is active in the independent school world where he serves as the registrar general of the Cum Laude Society, the Phi Beta Kappa of independent schools. In addition, he is on the executive committee and serves as an officer of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, commonly known as NAPSG. Mr. Lyman has served on several accreditation committees, most recently leading an ISACS visiting team that evaluated The Brownell-Talbot School in Omaha.

Before arriving in Louisville, Mr. Lyman served for ten years as assistant headmaster and academic dean at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Park Tudor is one of the leading independent schools in the nation with early adoption of technology, on-line learning, well-funded programs in all aspects of the curriculum, a large endowment, outstanding facilities and teachers, and a commitment to providing a niche for all learners. He worked closely with, and was mentored by, Mr. Bruce Galbraith, a nationally known independent school leader and recent past registrar general of the Cum Laude Society.

Mr. Lyman began his career in 1983 at The Savannah Country Day School where he was fortunate to be mentored by Dr. Paul Pressly, former chairman of the board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and former president of The Cum Laude Society. While at SCD, Mr. Lyman served in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities, most notably as head of the middle school. He served the Savannah Country Day community for ten years.

Mr. Lyman and his wife Jane were married in 1983 and have three daughters, two at KCD and one attending Hanover College. Mrs. Lyman teaches Spanish in the KCD middle school. She is completing her 30th year of successful teaching, advising, mentoring, and coaching in independent schools.

Mr. Lyman has been widely recognized for his work in independent school education and has been the recipient of several awards and honors. Most notably, in 2002, he received the Board of Directors Award, the highest honor granted by Park Tudor School. In 1993, he received the highest honor bestowed by Savannah Country Day, the Plunkett Award for Faculty Excellence. In 2008, Mr. Lyman was inducted into the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association (CDSHA), and is among its youngest members. In addition, he is an active member of the Southern Headmasters' Association and the Malone Heads Consortium.

He has been a featured speaker to organizations including the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), the Indiana Association of Independent Schools (IAIS), the National Association of Independent Schools, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), among others. Mr. Lyman served as president of the Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS) from 2005-2007, and in 2007 was appointed to the governor’s blue ribbon task force on athletic competition among public and private schools. He was chosen as the commencement speaker at Park Tudor on two occasions, including his final year of 2003.

Mr. Lyman was born in 1960 and raised in Gary, Indiana where his father was employed at U.S. Steel and his mother was a homemaker. After attending the Gary Public Schools through 9th grade, Mr. Lyman attended Andrean Catholic High School where he earned academic and athletic (ice hockey, tennis) recognitions. He graduated in 1978 and matriculated on scholarship to Hanover College. Working in the steel mills through the summers, he was able to finance his education. Mr. Lyman graduated from Hanover with honors in 1982 with a B.A. in history and minors in education and English. He was the recipient of the Robert Bowers Prize as the outstanding student of history at the College that year. Mr. Lyman earned his M.A. in European history in 1988 from Armstrong University in Savannah, Georgia, where he later served as an adjunct member of the faculty.