COLUMBUS, Ohio – After more than 40 years in public education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross today announced his planned retirement on Dec. 31, 2015. Ross has served as state superintendent since March 2013.
“Coming out of retirement four years ago to advocate on behalf of the boys and girls in our classrooms has been the most rewarding experience in my career,” said Ross. “I enjoyed putting to use my 40 years of experience to strengthen education in our state and I am proud of the progress we’ve made in pursuing new reforms that can position our schools for better academic success.”
Under Dr. Ross’ leadership, Ohio has aggressively pursued a number of initiatives to help the state move the needle on student success. Ross said he has focused on a number of themes to strengthen the K-12 system such as improving reading, empowering parents, delivering higher achievement, driving funding to the classroom, increasing flexibility and creating pathways to success.
“It has been a privilege to be part of efforts to transform Cleveland Schools, help students who are stuck in failing schools like Youngstown, and to create mentorship programs in schools,” Ross said.
State Board of Education President Tom Gunlock said, “Dr. Ross pushed hard for the kinds of reforms that education so desperately needed – never accepting the status quo. His leadership will have a lasting and positive impact on Ohio families for many years to come.”
“It has been an honor to serve the state and work with the exceptionally dedicated team at the department, school district partners, educators, business and community leaders, legislators and especially parents and students,” Ross said.
Dr. Ross intends to spend more time with traveling with his wife, and his new granddaughter.
The State Board of Education will engage in the search for the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Prior to becoming state superintendent in 2013, Ross served as an education advisor to Ohio Governor John Kasich. In the 1980s through the 2000s, he served as superintendent of a number of school districts including Ottawa-Glandorf Schools, Bryan City Schools and Reynoldsburg City Schools.