Rice to Lead MI Education Department
Dr. Michael Rice Named State Superintendent
On May 7, the Michigan Board of Education selected Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice to lead the Michigan Department of Education.
The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education has created a three-person committee to begin the search process for Rice’s replacement. The committee members are Board President Patti Sholler-Barber, Vice President Ken Greschak, and Treasurer TiAnna Harrison.
Sholler-Barber said the board is committed to a “thorough and inclusive search,” and input from teachers, staff, and community members will be key to the search process.
Rice has been the superintendent of KPS since 2007. Prior to serving KPS, Rice was superintendent of Clifton Public Schools, in Clifton, N.J. Among his honors are the presidency of Michigan’s urban schools association, the Middle Cities Education Association, in 2013-14, and the Michigan Superintendent of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA) in 2016.
The Michigan Department of Education has had an interim superintendent for a year, since the death of Superintendent Brian Whiston.