Superintendent Mary Ronan

Mary Ronan

Superintendent Mary A. Ronan - now in her fifth year leading Cincinnati Public Schools and her 37th year with the district - believes "national prominence is within CPS' grasp, and, pulling together, I have no doubt we will achieve it."

The Cincinnati Board of Education unanimously selected Ronan to lead Cincinnati Public Schools on April 16, 2009, after a national search. Ronan served as Interim Superintendent starting August 1, 2008, following the retirement of Superintendent Rosa Blackwell.

With a keen focus on raising students' academic achievement, Superintendent Ronan has led Cincinnati Public Schools to the distinction of being Ohio's highest-performing urban school district for four school years:  2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Before her appointment as Interim Superintendent, Ronan served as Director of Schools supervising the district's principals. She previously served as an Assistant Superintendent, and she was principal of Kilgour School in 2001-02 when it won a National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education.

Ronan, a Cincinnati native, began her career in education with Cincinnati Public Schools as a teacher of math and science at the middle- and high-school levels.

Superintendent Mary Ronan


  • Superintendent (April 2009 - present)
  • Interim Superintendent (August 2008 - April 2009)
  • Director of Schools (2002-03, 2005-08) — Supervising principals
  • Assistant Superintendent (2003-05)
  • Principal, Kilgour School (1996-2002) — 2001-02 National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence
  • Assistant Principal, Woodward High School (1992-96)
  • K-12 Supervisor, Science & Health (1990-1992)
  • Science teacher, Withrow High School (1981-1990)
  • Math/Science teacher, middle schools (1976-1981)


  • Post-master's training in education leadership — University of Cincinnati, 1988
  • Master's degree in Business Administration — Xavier University, 1980
  • Bachelor's degrees in education, philosophy, biology — University of Cincinnati, 1976
  • Seton High School, Cincinnati

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