6 Public School Superintendents from MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

Education is one of life’s main keys to success. Said education has it’s foundation in both primary and secondary education. Today, many of our nation’s greatest leaders in PK-12 education hail from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Their day-to-day leadership helps foster growth of the world’s future leaders. As such, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 6 superintendents from MSIs.

1) Dr. Lewis FerebeeIndianapolis, IN

Dr. Ferebee


Dr. Lewis Ferebee, current superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), is a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Prior to Dr. Ferebee’s beginnings at IPS in 2013, he served in the school system for 13 years and Regional Superintendent for Guilford County Schools in North Carolina.

Dr. Ferebee earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from NCCU, a master’s degree in School Administration from The George Washington University, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. Learn more about Dr. Ferebee’s work with Indianapolis Public Schools here.


2) Alberto M. CarvalhoMiami, FL


Alberto CarvahloFlorida International University

Barry University
Nova UniversityFlorida Memorial University

Dr. Carvalho currently serves as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Dr. Carvalho’s years of dedicated work has won him multiple honorary doctoral degrees by MSIs.

Mr. Carvalho has been awarded many honorary degrees including a Doctor of Public Service by Florida International University (HSI); Doctor of Humane Letters by both Barry University (HSI) and Florida Memorial University H; and a Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa from Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil” and by Mexico with the “Othli Award”.

3) Verleta WhiteBaltimore, MD

Verletta White


Dr. Verletta White, current interim superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, is a current doctoral candidate in urban educational leadership at Morgan State University. Prior to this position, Dr. White  served as chief academic officer for BCPS, the instructional leader responsible for defining and communicating the vision of the school system while motivating a division of more than 500 curriculum and student support staff. Learn more about Dr. White and her work with Baltimore Country Public Schools here.

4) Jeff EakinsTampa, FL

Jeff Eakins

Nova University

Jeff Eakins, currently serves as Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools (in Tampa, FL). Eakins received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (HSI). Mr. Eakins began his education career in 1987 as a fifth grade teacher in Columbus Ohio, and later became principal before this opportunity. Throughout the years, he has always been an “advocate for children, seeking to provide support systems and educational programming that enable children to achieve a promising future.” Learn more about Mr. Jeff Eakins and his work with Hillsborough County Public Schools here.

5) Dr. Kevin M. MaxwellPrince George’s County, MD

Kevin Maxwell



Dr. Kevin Maxwell currently serves as acting CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Dr. Maxwell began his career nearly 40 years ago as a teacher at Crossland High School throughout his career, Dr. Maxwell has focused on raising student achievement, increasing student participation in rigorous coursework and engaging state, county and local stakeholders. Dr. Maxwell has won many awards for his work including:  the 2014 Howard University Outstanding Commitment and Service to Community Award; the 2016 Ethics Project’s Ambassador Andrew Young Award; and the 2016 Prince George’s Community College Foundation Partners for Success Award.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and holds a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from University of Maryland Baltimore County (AANAPISI). Learn more about Dr. Maxwell and his work with PG County Public Schools here.

6) Dr. Freddrick MurrayJackson, MS

Dr. Murray


Dr. Freddrick Murray currently serves as interim superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Murray has served over 20 years in the education and has a plethora of administrative leadership experience. One of his most noted accomplishments is leading Murrah High School (local Jackson, MS public high school) achieve a placement among the top 500 schools nationwide on U.S. News and World Reports List of Top High Schools in America. Dr. Murray is a 3 time HBCU graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision all from Jackson State University (HBCU). Learn more about Dr. Freddrick Murray and his work with Jackson Public Schools here.

Know of other public school superintendents from MSIs celebrations? Share them in the comments below!

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