News Release • 13 May 2015
The DeKalb County School District has a new leader — R. Stephen Green, Ed.D., 61, superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools in Missouri, will become DeKalb’s superintendent on July 1.
Dr. Green is credited with leading KCPS back to provisional accreditation within two years of being named its superintendent in 2012. He had previously served as KCPS interim superintendent for several months. Under Dr. Green’s leadership, KCPS earned 92.5 points towards the state of Missouri’s school achievement standards in 2014. That was 8.5 points more than the school district earned in 2013, and a 54.5-point increase from the 2012 results. In August 2014, Missouri’s Board of Education recognized the district’s gains by granting KCPS provisional accreditation.
Earlier this year, he was recognized for his achievements by being named Missouri’s 2015 Pearce Award winner – “Best Superintendent of the Year” – by his peers the Missouri Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Green says he has had a great experience serving the stakeholders of KCPS, which makes the decision to leave for DeKalb difficult.
“I have had a unique and wonderful opportunity to make a difference for a deserving community and work with a great team at KCPS,” Dr. Green said. “I wish them all the best as they rise to success. I know they have the talent, focus and grit to make it happen.”
KCPS Board of Directors Chair Jon Hile thanked Dr. Green for his service and wished Dr. Green well moving forward.
“Kansas City Public Schools greatly appreciates the contributions of Dr. Green has made toward improving the educational experiences of the 15,000 children in our district,” Mr. Hile said. “The administration’s focused efforts, under Dr. Green’s leadership, have garnered attention and praise from Kansas City parents, community and civic leaders, education officials and state and local elected officials. He is leaving KCPS in better condition than when he found it and we will continue to rise.”
When DeKalb County schools approached Dr. Green about the position, the timing, opportunity and location were right. Two of his four children live in the DeKalb County region, along with three of his four grandchildren. One of those grandchildren is 3 years old and will be attending a DeKalb school.
“I am looking forward to helping lead DeKalb schools to new elevations and to being able to spend a lot of quality time with my children and grandchildren,” Dr. Green said. “These opportunities don’t come around very often and I simply could not pass it up.”
Green replaces interim superintendent Michael Thurmond who was appointed in February 2013. Thurmond took leave from the Butler, Wooten, Wooten & Peak LLP law firm to fill the temporary role and said – at the time – he had no interest in holding the position long-term.
“After a comprehensive nearly six-month search, the board has selected an experienced, well-suited educational leader to move the district forward under his successful innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” says Board Chair Melvin Johnson. “Dr. Green brings an impressive record to DeKalb not only from Kansas City, but also from New York, New Jersey and Indiana. He was a stabilizing force in Kansas City and will do the same here in DeKalb County.”
“Dr. Green is excited to come here,” Dr. Johnson says. “He has children and grandchildren here so for his family it is sort of a home coming.”
Green is former president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., an access and graduation program aimed significantly at increasing the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools. Kauffman Scholars is a comprehensive academic enrichment and scholarship program that provides coordinated, intensive, tutoring and life skills support to students beginning in middle school and continuing through the college years.
Before joining Kauffman Scholars, he was superintendent of Community School District #28 and a local instructional superintendent in Region 3 for the New York City Board of Education. He was responsible for providing instructional leadership and support to the 34 schools in the district, and worked with a team of school administrators to ensure instructional improvement among the region’s 142 schools.
He also served as president and executive director of the New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization founded to provide ongoing technical assistance, high quality curriculum-driven professional development, and advocacy for local and state policy reform – all toward the goal of improving teaching and learning in New Jersey’s districts.
As national executive director of the CollegeEd Program for the College Board, Dr. Green’s leadership focused on helping middle school students understand the importance of a college education and exploring available options. He has served as national executive director of school-level services, as national director of the Pacesetter Program, and as associate director for Pacesetter Planning and Development for the College Board.
He was also an assistant superintendent, high school assistant principal, and middle school assistant principal for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence (Ind.) Township. He taught high school and college-level English literature and composition for 13 years at Pike High School, Indiana University, and Butler (Ind.) University. He has served as director of Minority Student Affairs at Butler University and as an instructional superintendent for the New York City Board of Education.
Green received a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Composition and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Ball (Ind.) State University and his principal’s certification from Butler. He received a doctorate from Indiana University in 1995 with two majors: curriculum and instruction and education administration.