J.B. Buxton Bio


John B. (J.B.) Buxton

J.B. Buxton is the founding principal of the Education Innovations Group, a consulting practice focused on state education strategies for PreK-12 and postsecondary public education. Buxton works with state departments of education, national foundations, and state, regional and national organizations focused on dramatic improvements in public education.

Prior to starting the Education Innovations Group, Buxton served as the Deputy State Superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In this role, he reported directly to the State Board of Education and was responsible for all operations of the Department. Under his leadership, the department intervened in 135 schools and six chronically low-performing districts; developed and rolled out a statewide principal and teacher standards and evaluation systems; initiated an overhaul of the state standards and assessments; and expanded significantly the Learn and Earn Early College high schools initiative and the More at Four prekindergarten program.

Before managing DPI, Buxton was senior education advisor to Gov. Mike Easley (N.C.); legislative director for the N.C. State Board of Education; a White House Fellow working with the Domestic Policy Council under President Clinton; director of policy and research for the Public School Forum of N.C, and coordinator of special programs for the NC Teaching Fellows Program. He began his career as a high school English teacher and coach in Massachusetts.

Buxton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He received his Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Buxton served from 2011-15 as an appointed member of the Raleigh Planning Commission, has been a long-time youth soccer coach with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), and serves on a variety of education-related and community boards, including the Capital Area Soccer League, Citizen Schools-Durham, PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School, Lea(R)n, EducationNC, and the Friday Institute at NC State.

Buxton lives in Raleigh, N.C. with his wife, Hunter, who is the executive director of Kids Voting NC. They have three children (Drake, Luke and Sadie). Their oldest child attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his other two attend Enloe High School in the Wake County Public School System. Buxton is an avid reader of the newspaper and Wallace Stegner and an athlete who refuses to believe his best days are behind him.