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Record Number: 16726
Displayed from: Sep 26, 2017 , until: Nov 26, 2017

Dr. Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools, has been named the Indiana Superintendent of the Year for 2018 by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS).

She becomes Indiana’s representative in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program.

“Dr. Wendy Robinson has not only been a steady force guiding one of Indiana’s largest school districts, she is a passionate advocate for children and public schools and a national leader for her expertise in improving urban education,” said Dr. J.T. Coopman, executive director of IAPSS. “When she speaks in front of a professional conference or testifies before a legislative committee, she is universally respected for her achievements and her experience. Indiana could not have a finer candidate to represent the state in the 2018 national superintendent of the year competition.”

Robinson has been superintendent of Fort Wayne Community schools since 2003 and previously served the district as an assistant principal, principal, area administrator, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent. In all, she has more than 30 years of experience as a school administrator.

Robinson was one of the members of the inaugural class of Broad Center Fellows, a national program designed to prepare and challenge urban school leaders. She has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award in 2009 from the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

She is an active member of the community, forming partnerships with state and local agencies and businesses and serving on several state and local boards, including Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and Parkview Hospital. She served as the president of the Indiana Urban Superintendents Association in 2012-2013 and formerly served as a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable

Robinson is a graduate of DePauw University and earned two master’s degrees from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne and her doctorate from Ball State University.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.