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 34th 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.

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, in 2008, he was nominated and became a member of The Country Day Headmasters Association, an organization that is limited to 100 active day school members. In 2013, he was nominated and became a member of the Headmasters Association which limits its membership to 75 active members from all types of schools. He was on the executive committee and served as an officer of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, commonly known as NAPSG. Mr. Lyman has led several accreditation committees, most recently leading an ISACS visiting team that evaluated the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati.

Before arriving in Louisville, Mr. Lyman served for ten years as assistant headmaster and academic dean at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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.

Mr. Lyman and his wife Jane were married in 1983 and have three daughters – all KCD graduates. Mrs. Lyman teaches Spanish in the KCD middle school. She is completing her 34th year of successful teaching, advising, mentoring, and coaching in independent schools.

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 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.