Dr. Michael F. Rice

Superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools

Since 2007, Dr. Michael Rice has served as superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). During this time, KPS has improved student achievement in all areas; doubled the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses and almost tripled the number of AP courses that students take; increased high school graduation rates; grown by more than 1,300 students (roughly 13 percent); added a dual language elementary school, an alternative middle school, a comprehensive middle school, and an alternative high school program; and built three schools.

Previously, Dr. Rice served as superintendent of the Clifton (NJ) Public Schools. Among his honors are the presidency of the state’s urban school district association, the Middle Cities Education Association, in 2013-14, and the Michigan Superintendent of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) in 2016. Rice holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale University and master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University, also with honors. He began his career as a French teacher and speech and debate team founder and coach in the Washington, D.C. public schools.

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