David S. Spence
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
David S. Spence is president of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), where he consults on education policy with governors, state legislators, state K-12 and higher education chiefs, and other leaders. Spence became SREB president in 2005, after leadership roles in education agencies in three states. Previously, he was executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of the California State University System, where he received the prestigious Virginia B. Smith Innovative Leadership Award. He has served as executive director of the Florida Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, and executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for academic programs at the State University System of Florida. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.