Charles Mason (school superintendent)

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This article is about the Mountain Brook Schools superintendent. For similarly named people, see Charles Mason.

Charles Mason is vice president and director of career development for Brasfield & Gorrie. From 1993 to 2009 he was superintendent of Mountain Brook Schools.

Mason earned his bachelor of arts in history and English at Western Kentucky University and went on to complete a master of arts in teaching at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Georgia.

Mason has been involved in public education since 1972. He started as a teacher of high school English and has served as an assistant principal, principal, director of staff development, and deputy superintendent before taking over Mountain Brook's schools in 1993. During his term of office extensive renovations took place to five of the system's six schools. He was named "Alabama Superintendent of the Year" by the American Association of School Administrators in 2004.

In addition to his work with Mountain Brook schools, Mason has served on UAB's Academic Realignment Commission. He was part of the 1995 class of Leadership Birmingham and the 1999 class of Leadership Alabama. He chaired the education committee for the 1997 Birmingham United Way campaign and for the 1998 Birmingham Festival of Arts. He has served as president of the Alabama Association of School Administrators and has been a trustee and officer of the National Staff Development Council.

Mason resigned from Mountain Brook Schools after 16 years, effective June 2009. Mason's assistant Dicky Barlow was appointed as his successor. Mason went on to accept a staff development position with general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie.

Preceded by:
Mountain Brook Schools Superintendent
Succeeded by:
Dicky Barlow


  • Thornton, William (October 20, 2008) "Mountain Brook School Superintendent Charles Mason announces retirement plan." Birmingham News
  • Cooper, Lauren B. (April 6, 2009) "Mountain Brook superintendent to join Brasfield & Gorrie." Birmingham Business Journal