New Akron Public Schools superintendent to students: ‘We want you to dream big and reach high’


AKRON (WJW)- The Akron Public Schools Board of Education has made its selection for the district’s next superintendent.

The board voted April 22 to offer the position to 55-year-old Christine Fowler-Mack, a graduate of East High School.

She was formally introduced at the Akron school board meeting Tuesday where she spoke about feeling privileged to return back to the system where her hopes and dreams began starting her career as a teacher and educational leader in the district.

“I was motivated to pursue the APS superintendency when I read the district’s vision statement, one that is worth repeating, ‘to become the number one school system in the United States.’”

She went on to say, “While such a vision is grand, one must believe the vision is attainable to make it so, and I do believe Akron Public Schools can and will distinguish itself as a top urban district in the United States.”

The position was held by David W. James, Ed.D. who has been superintendent for 13 years.  

The school board’s deadline to select a new superintendent was set for the end of April.

Christine Fowler-Mack is the first woman to lead Akron Public Schools since its creation in 1847.

Her tenure begins at the end of June after James retires.

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