Barbara Deane-Williams, Superintendent of Schools
Barbara Deane-Williams joined the Rochester City School District on August 8, 2016, becoming the first woman to serve as permanent Superintendent. To drive innovation and improvement, she immediately engaged the District’s leadership team in five 100-Day Listening and Learning projects. Project teams are in the process of engaging constituents, researching best practices and bringing forth recommendations to improve key functional areas. The Superintendent has laid out areas of focus to guide all District plans—prioritizing educational equity; building relational capacity; nurturing innovation; creating coherence across systems and programs that serve children; and ensuring accountability for action.
Barbara Deane-Williams has served as a school administrator for 30 years. Before coming to Rochester, she served most recently as the Senior Deputy Superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS). In Boston she was responsible for the redesign of the central office to serve schools, labor relations, safety, school operations and the Build BPS Master Facilities Plan. From 2011-2015, she was Superintendent of the Greece Central School District, New York State’s ninth largest school district, where she established an expectation for equitable access to high quality schools and programs for all students to ensure college and career ready high school graduates. She and her team earned statewide recognition for the development of career ladders and a bold new brand of teacher and principal leadership focused on transforming schools to meet the needs of 21st century learners.
A former deputy superintendent for student learning and accountability, she has also served as an assistant superintendent for instruction, director of special education and student learning, and as a building level leader. Deane-Williams began her career as a guidance counselor in the Amesbury (MA) Public Schools. She holds a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith College, a M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire, a C.A.S. from the State University of New York at Brockport, and completed advanced coursework in teaching and leadership at Syracuse University.Phone: 585-262-8378