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Superintendent Search

At their Apil 12 regular meeting, the Board of Education announced candidates for first-round (semi-finalist) interviews, listed here alphabetically by last name:

Dr. Stephen Bigelow, Superintendent of Bay City Public Schools

Steve began his career in education in 1998. He served as a teacher in South Lyon Community Schools, as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Warren Consolidated Schools, and as Superintendent in Capac and Bay City. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, an Education Specialist degree from Oakland University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Oakland University.

 

Dr. M. Jon Dean, Deputy Superintendent, Grosse Pointe Public School System

Jon began his career as a teacher in Detroit Public Schools in 1995. He worked subsequently as a teacher and elementary principal in Algonac Community Schools, as an elementary principal in Allen Park Public Schools, and as an elementary principal and assistant superintendent in Birmingham Public Schools. He began his Grosse Pointe career in 2012 serving multiple leadership roles in human resources, curriculum and currently as Deputy Superintendent for Educational Services. Jon earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University, an Education Specialist degree from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Wayne State University. 

 

Dr. Ryan McLeod, Superintendent of Eastpointe Community Schools.

Ryan began his career in education in 1997. He worked as a teacher in Airport Community Schools and Novi Community Schools, and as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in Monroe Public Schools, before accepting his current position as superintendent of Eastpointe in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toledo.

 

Dr. Lawrence Rudolph, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Lawrence began his career in education as a teacher in Detroit Public Schools in 1995. He worked subsequently as an assistant principal in Detroit and Rochester Community Schools, before accepting his first principalship with Hartford County Public Schools in Bel Air, Maryland.  In 2011, he began the first of three assignments with Baltimore Public Schools as principal and executive director of principal support focusing on school turn-around issues. Lawrence returned to Michigan in 2018 to serve as high school principal at Wayne Westland Community School District, before accepting his current assignment as Assistant Superintendent of High Schools in Detroit. Lawrence holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Hampton University, an Education Specialist degree from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

The Board of Education wishes to thank our community for their active participation in the search for our next Superintendent of The Grosse Pointe Public School System.

 

Linked here is the Community Engagement Report developed by School Exec Connect after they hosted 12 Town Halls and two public forums attended by 126 community members. In addition, almost 1,000 community members (25% without children currently in the district) responded to an online survey. Feedback from these sources is summarized in the Community Engagement Report. The last page is the Superintendent Profile. Here is a copy of the Presentation SEC made to the Board of Education on Monday, March 15.

 

Below are key dates as this process moves forward:

  • April 12, 6 p.m. - closed session of the Board for presentation of candidates
  • April 27, 4 p.m. - first round interviews
    • 4 p.m. – Dr. Stephen Bigelow
    • 5 p.m. – Dr. Ryan McLeod
    • 6 p.m. – Dr. Lawrence Rudolph
  • April 28, 4 p.m. - first round interviews
    • 4 p.m. – Dr. M. Jon Dean
  • May 11, 6 p.m. - finalist interview 
  • May 12, 6 p.m. - finalist interview
  • May 13, 6 p.m. - finalist interview
  • May 14, 6 p.m. - BOE deliberation/decision

All interviews and deliberation take place in the Brownell Multipurpose Room, 260 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms. There is parking behind the building.

Interviews and deliberation are open to the public, within social distancing parameters, and feedback forms will be available for those in the audience. The interviews will be televised and posted on our website after all are complete, so as to not provide advance notice of questions to the other candidates.

Dates are subject to change based on number of candidates; these will be updated on the website. The Board will also provide regular updates at their televised and livestreamed meetings.

Throughout this process, you may provide insight and feedback by emailing Board President Joseph Herd at herdj@gpschools.org and he will forward those emails only to school board members.