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The Broad Center for Superintendents Graduates Inaugural Class
Nov. 21, 2002

Miami, FL - The Broad Center for Superintendents' first class of Fellows will complete their training this weekend in Miami. Already, two of the graduates have accepted positions as superintendents in large urban school districts.

The Broad Center for Superintendents is a national executive leadership development program launched by The Broad Foundation and Michigan Governor John Engler. The Center is designed to help outstanding leaders develop the critical skills necessary to become successful urban superintendents. Its initial focus is a training academy that prepares future superintendents to meet the unique challenges that urban public school districts face across America.

Prior to finishing their training, two Fellows received offers to serve as superintendent in the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Providence, Rhode Island school districts. Several others have also received offers to serve as senior executives in school districts across the country. The Center is working to place all of its graduates in school districts as positions become available.

Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation, said, "The executive leadership corps we are building is already recognized as an invaluable investment in transforming our nation's school districts. Children will benefit from this direct infusion of leadership at the highest management level of our nation's urban public school districts."

Out of over 200 applicants, 25 individuals were selected to participate in this innovative training academy for public school leaders. The first class included the former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, a former vice president from AT&T, a former US Army Colonel, and several leaders from K-12 urban, suburban and rural districts, among others. (A complete list is attached.)

The Broad Foundation deliberately recruited talented business, non-profit and government executives - along with traditional education leaders - to participate in this program so that the best and the brightest could dedicate their skills to solving the challenges our nation's public schools face.


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Superintendents are in charge of our nation's greatest investment - our children. However, many have little training or background in complex financial, labor, management, personnel and capital resource decision-making. In fact, 98 percent of superintendents are trained as teachers - not managers. Additionally, the average urban superintendent's tenure is just over four years. This program's goal is to dramatically change this equation. The academy curriculum included the following sessions:

  • The CEO: Effective organizational leadership in education
  • Student achievement and reinventing schools for success
  • The politics of urban school system leadership
  • Using management and instructional data for decision making
  • The governance-management team
  • Planning and leading systems change
  • Public and community relations
  • Securing a job as an urban superintendent

Participants in the Academy retained their current jobs while attending six intensive four-day training sessions over the course of a year. The final session is being held in Miami this weekend. Fellowships, including tuition, travel and all program-related expenses, were fully covered by The Broad Foundation.

The Fellows received guidance from leaders in business, education and the non-profit sectors. Faculty at the Academy included:

  • Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Henry Cisneros, CEO, American CityVista
  • William Cox, Managing Director, School Evaluation Services
  • Chris Cross, Senior Fellow, Center on Education Policy
  • Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
  • Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, The Drucker Foundation
  • Don McAdams, Founder, Center for Reform of School Systems
  • Donald Nielsen, President, Hazelton Corporation; Chairman, 2WAY Corporation
  • Hugh B. Price, President and CEO, National Urban League
  • Paul Ruiz, Principal Partner, Education Trust
  • Adam Urbanski, Director, Teacher Union Reform Network
  • Randi Weingarten, President, United Federation of Teachers

Superintendents from the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Long Beach, Memphis, New Orleans, Oakland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle school districts also addressed the Academy.

Last November, in a news release announcing the program, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said: "I am delighted to see Eli Broad, renowned as a businessman and philanthropist, provide a new approach to preparing school system leaders. The role of the superintendent is critical to the success of school reform and to the achievement of young people, and I applaud his efforts to support and invest in developing our school leaders."

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The Broad Foundation's mission is to dramatically improve K-12 urban public education through better governance, management and labor relations. The Foundation's other major initiatives include the one million dollar Broad Prize, awarded each year to urban school districts which have made the greatest overall improvement in student achievement and The Broad Institute for School Boards, an annual training program for newly elected school board members designed to increase student achievement through improved governance.

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2002 Urban Superintendents Academy



Name Position
Walter L. Burt, Ph.D. Superintendent, Pontiac School District, Michigan. Adjunct professor and lecturer at Western Michigan University, Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University.
Arnold W. Carter Superintendent, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Former Colonel, U.S. Army; Battalion Commander in the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Paula M. Dawning Superintendent, Benton Harbor Public Schools, Michigan. Former Sales Vice President/General Manager, Global Markets Division, AT&T (recent early retiree). Career with AT&T spanning 23 years.
Kathryn M. Downing, J.D. Former Publisher, CEO and President, Los Angeles Times.
Michael E. Glascoe Assistant Superintendent, Educational Accountability, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia.
Patricia Pataky Green, Ph.D. Superintendent, North Allegheny School District, Pennsylvania. Acting Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Prince George¹s County Public Schools, Maryland.
Carl E. Harris, Ed.D. Superintendent, Franklin County Schools, North Carolina. Adjunct Professor, North Carolina State University.
Delores W. Hopkins, Ph.D. Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools, Jackson Public School District. Adjunct Instructor, Jackson State University.
Timothy R. Jenney, Ph.D. Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Former Superintendent of The School District of Greenville County, South Carolina and Union Public Schools, Tulsa Oklahoma.
Melody A. Johnson, Ph.D. Superintendent, Providence Public Schools. Former Deputy Superintendent, Providence Public Schools. Former Associate Superintendent, San Antonio Independent School District; former Senior Director for Middle School Education at Texas Education Agency.
Steven C. Leonard, Ed.D. President, City on a Hill Charter School, Boston. Former Cluster Leader, Boston Public Schools. Recipient of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship at Boston University.
Nancy J. McGinley, Ed.D. CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund. Former Director, Leadership Initiatives, Greater Philadelphia First and former school principal.
Bernard Oliver, Ed.D. Dean, Ewing Kauffman Foundation/Missouri Endowed Chair, School of Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Former Dean, College of Education at Washington State University and St. Cloud State University.
Thandiwe Mary C. Peebles Superintendent, CEO Region, Cleveland Municipal School District, Ohio. Former Executive Director, Academic Affairs, Cleveland. Former Principal, Intermediate School 193 and P.S. 40 Elementary School, Bronx, New York.
Benjamin W. Rayer Senior Consultant, Public Financial Management, Inc., Philadelphia. Former Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Philadelphia School District; former Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Health & Education Finance Authority, Philadelphia.
Wendy Y. Robinson, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools. Former Assistant Superintendent, Area Administrator and Principal, Fort Wayne Community Schools.
Abelardo Saaverdra, Ph.D. Executive Deputy Superintendent, Houston Independent School District. Former District Superintendent, Southeast District, Houston Independent School District. Former Superintendent, Corpus Christi Independent School District.
LaVonne M. Sheffield, Ph.D.    Chief Academic Officer, Detroit Public Schools, Michigan. Former Chief of Staff, Detroit Public Schools, Michigan. Former Director, Department of Port Control, Cleveland. Former Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, Cleveland.
Robert R. Stockwell, Jr. Chief Academic Officer, Houston Independent School District. Former Director, Strategic Management and Quality Improvement; Director, PEER Program; and Director, Instructional Training and Development, Houston Independent School District.
Joseph M. Vigil Superintendent, Albuquerque Public Schools. Former Associate Superintendent, Albuquerque Public Schools. Former Assistant to the Superintendent, Newark Public Schools, New Jersey. Assistant Superintendent, Albuquerque Public Schools. Superintendent, Menominee Indian School District, WI.
Patricia Watkins, Ph.D. Area Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools. Former Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Madison County Public Schools, Virginia. Former Principal, Charles City Elementary School, VA. Chair, Department of Education, Saint Paul's College, Lawrenceville, VA.
John P. Welch Deputy Superintendent, Highline School District, WA. Vice President for Business and Administrative Services, South Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington. Former Chief Financial Officer, Federal Way Public Schools, Washington. Senior Budget Analyst, City of Tacoma. Senior Financial Analyst, The Boeing Company.
Katlheen Whalen Chief of Staff, Sacramento City Unified School District. Former High School Principal, Vice Principal and Counselor, Sacramento City Unified School District.