Pace Welcomes New Executive Director of Pace Leon

February 26, 2024
Dr. Tyneal Haywood

Pace Center for Girls (Pace), a nationally recognized model that provides education, counseling, training and advocacy for girls and young women, proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Tyneal Haywood Sr. as Executive Director of Pace Leon.

“Tyneal is a dynamic, collaborative leader who has the vision and experience to advance our mission and lead Pace’s model in Leon County,” said Mary Marx, Pace President and CEO. “I look forward to working alongside Tyneal as he engages the Leon community in Pace’s work and reaches more girls across the county.”

With over 20 years of experience in education and youth development leadership, Haywood has a proven track record of community impact. As a former Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction with Leon County Schools, he successfully implemented systems to help both youth and team members be successful, all while creating positive community relationships.

“It’s an honor to lead Pace Leon and empower my community’s next generation of girls and young women,” said Dr. Tyneal Haywood, Executive Director of Pace Leon. “When we focus on supporting our girls, they gain the power to achieve success in all areas of their lives, leading to positive outcomes for themselves, their families and our community.”

Haywood was awarded the Envision Credit Union School Leader Award from Florida State University’s College of Education (2023) and was recognized as the Glenn-Howell Distinguish Educator of the Year (2019). He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and administration, an educational specialist degree and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University.

Since its inception in 1994, Pace Leon has empowered over 1,000 girls in Leon County through our academic Day Program and Pace Reach Program. For more information about Pace Center for Girls, please visit