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Superintendent Joel D. Boyd

Superintendent Joel D. BoydJoel D. Boyd is a Harvard-trained educator 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 approximately 14,000 students, manages an annual operating budget of more than 180 million dollars and leads a team of nearly 2,000 employees.

Upon arriving in Santa Fe, Superintendent Boyd immediately set out to create a system of world-class schools, establishing a clear theory of action for district wide reform which empowers families and local communities through increased school level autonomy and expanded public school options. Under his leadership, SFPS has initiated strategies and programs to improve teaching and learning, heighten expectations for adults and students, and increase the level of parental engagement. As a result, SFPS has become one of the fastest improving school districts in New Mexico. More children are now performing at or above grade level, fewer students are dropping out of school, and more families are choosing SFPS for their children’s education than ever before.

As Superintendent, Dr. Boyd has made a commitment to meet the needs of all students with a focus on Santa Fe’s most at-risk and vulnerable youth. He simultaneously serves as the self-appointed Principal of Engage Santa Fe, a first-of-its-kind program in New Mexico which seeks to recruit dropouts back to the public school system, enabling them to earn a high school diploma through a blend of virtual learning and one-on-one tutoring. Dr. Boyd and his wife also donated the seed money to establish the Superintendent’s Scholarship Fund with the goal of supporting economically disadvantaged high school graduates with the cost of college tuition.

In recognition of the progress that SFPS has made during his tenure, Dr. Boyd was honored with the 2014 Excellence in Education Award by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

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, Abbey.