Iranetta Wright Chosen as Next Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools

February 28, 2022

Iranetta WrightThe Cincinnati Board of Education today selected Iranetta Wright to become the 28th superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). CPS has nearly 36,000 students and is the largest public school system in Southwest Ohio.

Ms. Wright is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Schools in Detroit Public Schools Community District, which serves 53,000 students and 7,200 employees. A Florida native, she served Duval County Public Schools for over 25 years as a teacher, assistant principal, middle and high school principal, regional superintendent, and ultimately in the role of Chief of Schools serving 117,000 students and 13,000 employees. Ms. Wright has been recognized as a City Year Champion of Education, United Negro College Fund Innovator in Education, a Woman of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle and Chiefs for Change Future Chief. Ms. Wright was one of three finalists to emerge as a leading candidate through an extensive national search process shaped in large part by input from the community, students and employees.

"We are incredibly excited to begin this new chapter at Cincinnati Public Schools," said Ben Lindy, CPS School Board President. "Choosing a new superintendent is one of the most important roles of a board of education. We are extremely grateful for the input of community, parents, students and staff, as well as the hard work of our executive search firm, Alma Advisory Group." He continued, "We believe we have chosen the best candidate, one who is committed to transformative, positive change for our students, community and staff."

Former Board Member Pam Bowers and former Board Member Melanie Bates shared the following endorsement of Ms. Wright as the next CPS superintendent, "We were honored to begin the superintendent search last summer as CPS board members and to be able to see this important process through to completion. It has been a pleasure to be able to meet the candidates, especially our three finalists, and we strongly support Ms. Wright as our next superintendent. We believe she has the right experience and skills to lead CPS through our next exciting chapter."

Ms. Wright shared her excitement about joining CPS, saying, "I thank the Board for their decision and belief in my ability to lead our District to the next level as we make Cincinnati Public Schools the public school choice for children and families of our city. I am also appreciative of the community support as we embark on this journey. I'm looking forward to leading this district. We're going to hit the ground running to learn, grow and develop together. Let's get to work."

Interim Superintendent Tianay Amat expressed her appreciation for CPS students, families and staff, sharing, "I am grateful for the opportunity to lead our incredible district for the last eight months. I welcome Ms. Wright to CPS and look forward to ensuring a smooth transition."