Dr. Dorothy Orr | 29 Years of Service Excellence
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Dr. Dorothy Orr

Board Member
29 Years of Service Excellence

  • Dr. Dorothy J. Orr: is a past Chairperson of the Board of Directors of BrightStar Credit Union. For over 50 years, Dr. Orr has been one of Broward County's most empowering, passionate and inspiring leaders in education. Dr. Orr served as Broward County Deputy Superintendent of Schools, the highest office achieved by any minority in the Broward School system, and was honored as one of the most notable black educators in the county and state of Florida by officials in Broward County Schools. Broward County Schools have even designated a school day as "Dr. Dorothy Orr Day." Dr. Orr has been serving BrightStar Credit Union's Board of Directors for more than 29 years and held the position of Chairperson for 28 years. Recognized in the community for her unrelenting commitment to education, Dr. Orr is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broward Education Foundation, the 2010 Broward County Pioneer Award by the Broward County Historical Commission, the Circle of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women's Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the 2010 Welfare of Children Award from the Broward County Council of the PTA/PTSA for demonstrating continuous exemplary support for children and education, and the National Credit Union Award and induction into the Credit Union Hall of Fame. In 1998, Dr. Orr was inducted in the Broward County Women's Hall of Fame by the Broward County Women's Coalition. She is a strong advocate for education and has held a variety of positions in teaching and school administration, culminating in her 1999 appointment as Superintendent of Schools for Broward County, a position she held until her retirement. She was one of the first principals of an open space school, a teaching method used in the early 1970s where there were no physical barriers between classrooms. She helped to improve Broward's bilingual education program. Dr. Orr was appointed by the School Board as the first Black female board member of the Broward Teachers Credit Union. She is a well-known advocate to young adults in the Black community about the importance of sound financial practices. Dr. Orr's dedication and commitment throughout the years have made a significant impact on the credit union and our mission to serve our members.