Dr. William Buchanan is the Director of the Office of Data, Research, and Accountability at Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS), the second largest school district in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (approximately 42,000 students and growing). He and his team lead the district's on-going efforts to integrate data assets across the enterprise into a robust enterprise class data warehouse and integrated business intelligence solution, provide psychometric support to the district, and lead the district's program evaluation, machine learning, and predictive analytics efforts. Prior to FCPS, Dr Buchanan worked as a Data Scientist at Minneapolis Public Schools, a Strategic Data Project Data Fellow at the Mississippi Department of Education (where he programmed the state's school and district accountability system), and statistical methodology consultant.
Dr Buchanan is also a regular presenter at the North American Stata User's Group annual conferences, an avid open-source contributor, and a regular presenter on topics related to data visualization, programming practies, and data analysis at workshops and annual convenings of the Strategic Data Project, part of the Center for Education Policy Research at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr Buchanan holds a PhD in K-12 Educational Leadership from TUI University, an AM in Urban Education Policy from Brown University, an MAEd in Teaching and Instruction from TUI University, and a BM in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music. Dr Buchanan is also a combat veteran who served in the 1st Armored Division Band and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he premiered original compositions for the first lady of Iraq.