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In May 2019, the State Board of Education selected Dr. Michael Rice to be the state's next Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Before becoming state Superintendent, Dr. Rice had worked as superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools since 2007. Prior to that, he served for five years as superintendent of the Clifton Public Schools, in Clifton, New Jersey.
He's served as president of the Middle Cities Education Association, and was the 2016 Michigan Superintendent of the Year in 2016.
He began his career as a high school French teacher and award-winning speech and debate program founder and coach in the Washington D.C. public school system.
Dr. Rice holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from Yale University and a master's degree and doctorate in public administration with honors from New York University.
Dr. Rice serves on a number of boards, commissions and committees including the Middle Cities Executive Committee; the MASA State School Reform Commission (SSRC); the Steering and Technical Committee of the state School Finance Research Collaborative; the AASA Social and Emotional Learning Cohort, which he co-chairs; and the board and executive committee of the Communities in Schools - Kalamazoo.