Superintendent Barbara Jenkins is Florida Superintendent of the Year
Announcement made by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents
Nov. 30, 2016 – In a surprise announcement in Tampa, during the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and Florida School Board Association (FSBA) joint conference, Dr. Barbara Jenkins was named Florida’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Jenkins has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for more than 25 years. She was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012.
Superintendent Jenkins said, “I am honored to represent the fine superintendents of Florida. I am also extremely grateful for a phenomenal school board, talented leadership team, outstanding principals and teachers, and OCPS team members who lead our students to success every day.”
Under Dr. Jenkins' leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize earned half-a-million dollars for student scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The district also received the Governor’s Sterling Award in 2014 and again in 2015. The award is highly regarded for its recognition of organizations that exemplify performance excellence in Florida. Also, for three of the last five years, OCPS was named to the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board, for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning exam scores for college credit.
In 2015-16, Dr. Jenkins served as president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. The Orlando Business Journal honored her as a CEO of the Year in 2015. Recognized for her commitment and influence, both the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Magazine have recognized her as one of the 10 most powerful people in Central Florida; Orlando Magazine ranked her number five overall in 2015, and number two in the Education category in 2016.
Deeply engaged in the community, Dr. Jenkins serves on the boards of United Arts of Central Florida, Winter Park Health Foundation, Greater Orlando Economic Development Commission, Florida Hospital, Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, Orange County Youth Mental Health Commission, and is a member of the Aspen Urban Superintendent’s Network.
The process for electing Florida’s Superintendent of the Year was established by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), a national organization of school superintendents and other educational leaders. In March 2017, Jenkins will represent all Florida superintendents at the AASA’s National Education Conference in New Orleans, LA where she will be recognized and honored for her public education service in Florida.
OCPS EEO Non-Discrimination Statement
The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: ADA Coordinator & Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer: Carianne Reggio; Section 504 Coordinator: Latonia Green; Title IX Coordinator: Doug Patterson (407.317.3200).