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About Cincinnati Public Schools and what we seek in our next Superintendent.

Two Finalists Announced

The Cincinnati Board of Education announced on April 26, 2017, that it had selected two finalists in the search for the next Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools. The public is invited to meet the finalists at a reception 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Mayerson Academy, 2650 Highland Avenue, 45219 (Corryville).

The finalists:

  •     Catherine Laura Mitchell, Deputy Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools
  •     Andre Spencer, Superintendent of Harrison School District 2, Colorado Springs, Colo.

News Release - Finalists Selected

CPS Seeks Input in Search for New Superintendent

What traits and experience do you want in Cincinnati Public Schools' new superintendent? The Cincinnati Board of Education is reaching out to the community for input in the search for CPS' new leader to follow Superintendent Mary Ronan, who is retiring Aug. 1, 2017, after nine years as CPS' top administrator.


Tell us what 10 qualities (from a list of 33) in a superintendent are important to you via a quick, online survey. The survey will be open until February 9.

Superintendent Search Survey — English

Supterintendent Search Survey — Spanish

Superintendent Search Survey — Arabic

Superintendent Search Survey — French

Community Meetings

The community is invited to participate in three meetings in February 2017, to express opinions on the qualities important in a superintendent.

Ray and Associates, the search firm selected by the Board, will facilitate the meetings:

  • Wednesday, February 1 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio,  Cincinnati Office (Community Room), 3458 Reading Road, 45229 (Avondale)
  • Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio,  Cincinnati Office (Community Room), 3458 Reading Road, 45229 (Avondale)
  • Thursday, February 2 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, 45237 (Bond Hill)

News Release - Community Invited to Weigh In on Next CPS Superintendent (January 24, 2017)

Internal and National Search Launched

In December 2016, the Board selected the search firm of Ray and Associates, an educational executive search firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to facilitate the recruitment and hiring process of a new superintendent, including a comprehensive community-engagement process. The search firm will, among other duties, define a candidate profile and an evaluation/selection criteria; develop a screening rubric; develop and implement a candidate marketing and recruitment plan; and conduct an internal and national search generating a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.

News Release - Cincinnati School Board Selects Superintendent Search Firm (December 19, 2016)

A new superintendent is expected to start work by August 1, 2017.

The goal will be to find a successor who can build on the momentum nurtured by Superintendent Mary Ronan during her nine successful years at the helm. Ronan, a 40-year CPS veteran who also served as a teacher and principal, and in several other leadership positions at CPS, was named Superintendent April 16, 2009, after serving as Interim Superintendent since August 2008. She announced on November 17, 2016, that she would retire August 1.

The selection of a superintendent is one of the Board’s most important responsibilities, said Board President Ericka Copeland-Dansby.

“Every member of the Cincinnati Board of Education is committed to finding a superintendent with the right expertise and skill sets to extend the progress of our schools and district, which will strengthen the vitality of our entire region,” Copeland-Dansby said.

News Release - CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan to Retire in August 2017 (November 17, 2016)

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