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Superintendent’s Leadership Team: Roles and Responsibilities
Superintendent’s Leadership Team: Roles and Responsibilities

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Supt Superintendent – Dr. Bernadeia Johnson
The superintendent of schools is responsible for leading all functions and processes for the school district. The superintendent is charged with working with all internal and external stakeholders to implement and execute core strategies that produce results across the school district. The superintendent sets the academic priorities of the school district and serves as the primary decision-maker and spokesperson for Minneapolis Public Schools.
Goar Chief Executive Officer – Michael Goar
The CEO serves as acting superintendent in the absence of the superintendent and oversees divisions including operations; student, family and community engagement; partnerships and institutional development; employee relations; equity; human capital; and accountability. The CEO is responsible for aligning the school district’s academic priorities with central office functions and ensuring optimal support for schools and students.
Associate Supts Chief of Schools – Michael Thomas
The chief of schools is responsible for implementing academic strategies and directing the work of the associate superintendents, as well as setting priorities for schools and representing school interests at the central office.
Associate Supts Associate Superintendent – Cecilia Saddler (High Schools)
The associate superintendent is responsible for creating and modeling a culture of high expectations and providing ongoing support and oversight to school building leaders. The associate superintendent works with school communities to create the necessary conditions that result in dramatic and accelerated student achievement, closing the achievement gap and improving overall school performance.
Associate Supts Associate Superintendent – Jackie Hanson (Middle Schools)
The associate superintendent is responsible for creating and modeling a culture of high expectations and providing ongoing support and oversight to school building leaders. The associate superintendent works with school communities to create the necessary conditions that result in dramatic and accelerated student achievement, closing the achievement gap and improving overall school performance.
Associate Supts Associate Superintendent – Stephen Flisk (K-8 East)
The associate superintendent is responsible for creating and modeling a culture of high expectations and providing ongoing support and oversight to school building leaders. The associate superintendent works with school communities to create the necessary conditions that result in dramatic and accelerated student achievement, closing the achievement gap and improving overall school performance.
Associate Supts Associate Superintendent – Ron Wagner (K-8 West)
The associate superintendent is responsible for creating and modeling a culture of high expectations and providing ongoing support and oversight to school building leaders. The associate superintendent works with school communities to create the necessary conditions that result in dramatic and accelerated student achievement, closing the achievement gap and improving overall school performance.
Associate Supts Associate Superintendent – Laura Cavender (High Priority Schools)
The associate superintendent is responsible for creating and modeling a culture of high expectations and providing ongoing support and oversight to school building leaders. The associate superintendent works with school communities to create the necessary conditions that result in dramatic and accelerated student achievement, closing the achievement gap and improving overall school performance.
Associate Supts Associate Superintendent – Lucilla Yira (Magnet Schools)
The associate superintendent is responsible for creating and modeling a culture of high expectations and providing ongoing support and oversight to school building leaders. The associate superintendent works with school communities to create the necessary conditions that result in dramatic and accelerated student achievement, closing the achievement gap and improving overall school performance.
Doty Chief Operations Officer – Robert Doty
The chief operations officer executes the operational priorities of the school district and serves as the chief financial officer, providing leadership, direction and guidance in financial strategies and priorities. The chief oversees key operational functions of the school district including finance, instructional technology, facilities and operations.
Chief Information Officer – Vacant
The chief information officer provides vision and leadership in the development and implementation of information technology and ensures that technology, information and data are planned, implemented and maintained to support and enhance business operations and student instruction.
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Chief Academic Officer – Susanne Griffin
The chief academic officer oversees the academic division and implements the academic agenda to provide world-class education for all MPS students. Areas of focus include accelerated academic achievement for all students, shared accountability for student learning, professional development for teachers and principals and respectful and welcoming school environments.

Liss General Counsel – Steve Liss
The general counsel provides advice and counsel for the school board and MPS executive management on legal matters concerning the school district. The general counsel represents the school district in legal proceedings, litigation, court appearances, hearings and other disputes. The school district’s lead attorney also manages staff and contract attorneys and oversees policy development for the school district. The general counsel reports to the superintendent and school board.
Alleyne Chief Communications Officer – Stan Alleyne
The chief communications officer directs the internal and external communications functions and leads strategic communications for the superintendent, leadership team and schools. The chief also leads the creation of communications, public relations and marketing plans to manage and enhance the reputation of the school district. The chief serves as the superintendent’s primary media spokesperson and oversees Channel 15 and KBEM, the television and radio stations of MPS.
jordan Assistant to the Superintendent – Adrienne Jordan
The assistant to the superintendent assists and advises the superintendent and coordinates issues with the school board, government officials, regional organizations, advocates and community members. The assistant to the superintendent manages the interface between the superintendent and various stakeholders, analyzes problems and develops solutions.