John Richard, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent

John Richard, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent

John Richard, Ed.D., Ohio’s deputy state superintendent of public instruction, believes every Ohio school and district should have outstanding leaders. Fueling that conviction are more than 10 years of experience as a part-time instructor in the University of Akron’s school principalship program and 30 years of field experience ranging from classroom teacher to district superintendent. As a district leader, he saw steady gains in student performance from 2005-2013.

From 2013-2015, Richard was a senior executive director and associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education, where he led the review and revision of Ohio’s Operating Standards for Schools and was the Department’s liaison for district Academic Distress Commissions. Before returning to the Department in 2017, he served as the associate executive director of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, where he oversaw professional development for high school principals.

As deputy superintendent of Ohio schools, Richard works closely with the four primary program centers of the Ohio Department of Education. The centers oversee all initiatives related to student supports, continuous improvement, performance and impact, and teaching, leading and learning. Richard continues to focus on leadership development by overseeing ongoing professional development sessions for the Department’s senior leaders. Richard speaks frequently to Ohio education groups about  the critical impact of excellent educational leadership both on students’ lives and Ohio’s future.

Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College and a master’s degree from Cleveland State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Akron.


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