Sunday, August 14, 2022

Gray Edmondson Selected as New Trustee on Oxford School Board

Gray-EdmonsonAfter reviewing numerous resumes and candidates, Mayor Pat Patterson and the Board of Aldermen selected Grady Edmondson to a five-year term as the new Trustee on the Oxford School Board. Edmondson is filling the open seat vacated by the retiring Dr. Buddy Chain and will begin his term in March.

“I am honored to become a member of the Oxford School District Board of Trustees,” Edmondson said. “I realize that I have been entrusted to make sound decisions for our district’s schools. I do not take that responsibility lightly.”

A 20-year resident of Oxford, Edmondson has two children in the Oxford School District. Patterson said that while having children in the school system was not a requirement in the selection process, it is an asset.

“I certainly think its a positive,” said Patterson. “If you have young children in the school system, you’re going to follow them all the way through.”

Edmondson echoed that sentiment of the importance of having children in the OSD.

“As a parent of two children who are students in the district’s schools, whatever decisions I make affecting our district’s school children affects my own children.”

A successful tax and business attorney at Barnes Law Firm, Edmondson’s education and business success stood out during the process.

“He has a law degree and an advanced degree in taxation, he’s very familiar with budgeting,” said Patterson. “It’s something we were looking for and something we think brings strength to the school board.”

In addition to helping out his own children, Edmondson said he looks forward to helping out and serving his community.

“I am a product of public schools and feel that experience was a significant benefit in my education.  My firm belief is that a strong public school system is an integral part of a strong community,” he said. “I am proud of Oxford’s public education system and look forward to serving my community in continuing to improve our schools.”

Michael Quirk is a staff reporter and can be reached at

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