The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Board of Education announced Friday morning that Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins will be the district’s next Superintendent of Schools.
“I speak for everyone on the Board when I say that we are very excited to share this news with our community,” Gloria Reyes, MMSD Board of Education President, said in a statement. “We want to thank our community for their patience and grace throughout this process. Our choice of Dr. Jenkins is the result of a Leadership Profile built from the voices of our community serving as our guide, and we feel fortunate to find someone who represents that profile as well as Dr. Jenkins does. We are all excited for him to reunite with our MMSD family and community.”
In a statement signed by president David Hart and vice president Kirbie Mack, the organization Blacks for Political and Social action praised the selection.
“We are pleased and excited that the MMSD school board, after a thorough
search process, chose Dr. Jenkins,” the statement reads. “His wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership will be an asset to the children of MMSD and to the community. We look forward to his leadership and empowering our students to achieve great success.”
Dr. Jenkins, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and former MMSD employee, has been serving as the superintendent of the Robbinsdale School District in New Hope, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, for the last five years. He previously served as Chief Academic Officer for the Atlanta Public School System in Atlanta, Georgia, and superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools in Saginaw Michigan. He has held leadership positions in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan including as an MMSD associate principal for Madison Memorial High School, and associate principal and principal with the Beloit Public School District in Beloit, Wisconsin.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the new superintendent of the Madison Public School System, and I am excited to be returning home to Madison and the MMSD family,” Dr. Jenkins said in a statement. “With this role comes a tremendous responsibility, and although there are challenges we face as a school district, through community engagement and support for schools and teachers, we will work hard to ensure that all of our students are at the center of everything we do, and that the district remains grounded in its strategic framework goals.”
Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and a master of science in educational administration degree from the UW-Madison. In addition, he holds a bachelor of science in health and physical education from Mississippi Valley State University.
His official start date will be August 4th.