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Joel D. Boyd
Superintendent, Santa Fe Public Schools

610 Alta Vista Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505

(505) 467-2003
Superintendent Joel D. Boyd
Superintendent Joel D. BoydJoel D. Boyd is a Harvard-trained educator and school reformer whose career has spanned from the classroom to the principalship to the central administration of some of the nation’s largest school systems. In 2012, he was appointed Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) following a nationwide search by New Mexico’s capital city. As the Chief Executive of one of the state’s most diverse school systems, Dr. Boyd oversees the education of 13,600 students, manages an annual operating budget of approximately 90 million dollars and leads a team of 1,800 employees.

Upon arriving in Santa Fe, Superintendent Boyd immediately set out to make SFPS the best school district in the state, establishing a clear theory of action for system-wide reform. During his first year in office, he redefined the role of central office, improved support for principals, re-allocated resources to schools and initiated new accountability standards across the system. Dr. Boyd’s beginning efforts have been widely praised for re-focusing and re-energizing the entire organization.

Prior to relocating to New Mexico, Dr. Boyd served as an Assistant Superintendent with the School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA), a system of more than 200 schools and 150,000 students. In this role, he managed a portfolio of 37 schools in the city’s northeast region which included a total population of approximately 30,000 students. In Philadelphia, Dr. Boyd also served as Principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle School, one of the city’s largest comprehensive middle schools. Under his leadership, Wilson Middle School progressed dramatically on several fronts, including across the board increases in student achievement and significant reductions in the racial achievement gaps.

Previously, Dr. Boyd served as Special Assistant to the Superintendent with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Miami, FL), the nation’s 4th largest school district.  As a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, he supported one of the most ambitious reform agendas in the country. During this period, Miami was widely viewed as one of the most successful urban school systems in the nation and was named as a finalist for the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education.

In 2006, Dr. Boyd was selected as one of just six educators nationally for a fellowship to complete his doctorate at Harvard University in the top-rated Urban Superintendents Program.  Published in 2012, his dissertation research focuses on the career factors and pathways that lead to success in urban school district leadership.  Dr. Boyd also holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in School leadership from Wilmington College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Delaware.

Superintendent Boyd resides in the downtown Santa Fe area with his wife, Keza, and their dog, Cooper.