As superintendent of the sixth-largest school district in the nation and second-largest in Florida—with nearly 270,000 students and more than 30,000 employees—Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie worked to educate today’s students so they can succeed in tomorrow’s world.

Runcie knows firsthand 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 chief information officer, chief administrative officer, chief area instructional officer, and chief of staff to the board of education.

Runcie joined Broward County Public Schools in 2011. His strategic plan for the district focused on three key areas: high-quality instruction, continuous improvement, and effective communications. Under his leadership, Broward expanded its work to ensure students are college and career ready and implemented operational efficiencies that have allowed the district to reinvest millions of dollars back into classrooms to support student learning.

Runcie’s commitment to collaborating with stakeholders and creating partnerships has attracted state and national recognition. He was named Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Additional honors include: Florida Virtual School Superintendent of the Year; Consortium of Florida Education Foundations Superintendent of the Year; Champion District Superintendent of the Year by Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools; Florida Department of Education’s District Data Leader of the Year Finalist; Leader to Learn From by Education Week; and Hispanic-Serving School District Superintendent of the Year. Nova Southeastern University awarded Runcie an honorary doctorate for his work in education. He is a member of the Chiefs for Change Board of Directors.