Millard House II is director of schools at Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools in Tennessee, which includes more than 36,000 students and 42 schools. Under his leadership, the district has produced steady academic gains across subject areas and established a multi-pronged teacher pipeline, as part of Tennessee’s Grow Your Own initiative, that garnered state and national recognition.

House has spent more than 25 years working in education and the nonprofit sector. He previously served as chief operating officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina and as deputy superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma. Prior to joining the executive cabinet in Tulsa, he founded and led a college preparatory middle school in one of the city’s most economically underserved neighborhoods. Over four years, his school became one of the highest-performing and most sought-after schools in the community. House’s experience also includes roles as executive consultant and executive director of New Leaders for New Schools.

He was appointed assistant principal of Anderson Elementary in Tulsa at age 25 and was promoted to principal the following year. During House’s five years at the school, it went from being one of the lowest-performing Title I schools in the state to one of the highest. In 2003, he became the first African American to win the Tulsa Public Schools’ Principal of the Year Award. He was also named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Tulsa Area Alliance of Black School Educators.

House earned his bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo in Alabama and his master’s in school administration from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He also graduated from the Fisher School Leadership Program at the University of California, Berkeley’s Hass School of Business.