Hispanic-Serving School District Superintendent of the Year
Robert W. Runcie
Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools
600 SE Third Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
As superintendent of the nation’s sixth largest school district, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie is committed to Educating Today’s Students to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World.
Superintendent Runcie knows first-hand how a high-quality education can transform a person’s life. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the United States as a young boy and became the first member of his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University and earning an MBA from Northwestern University. He later founded a management and technology consulting company and held several strategic leadership positions with Chicago Public Schools, including serving as its Chief Information Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Area Instructional Officer and Chief of Staff to the Board of Education.
Superintendent Runcie proudly joined Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in 2011. Under his leadership, the District has increased its focus on ensuring students are college and career ready, and has implemented operational efficiencies that have allowed the District to reinvest millions of dollars back into classrooms to support student learning.
His commitment to collaborating with stakeholders and creating partnerships has earned Superintendent Runcie state and national recognition, including being selected as Florida Virtual School Superintendent of the Year, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations Superintendent of the Year, Champion District Superintendent of the Year for Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, the Florida Department of Education's District Data Leader of the Year Finalist, and a 2014 Leader to Learn From by Education Week.
With students from over 200 countries, speaking more than 130 different languages, Superintendent Runcie values diversity. He supported the creation of South Florida Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) and works closely with the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NASBE) and the Council of the Great City Schools.