Dr. Dexter Suggs
Little Rock School District Superintendent:
Dr. Dexter Suggs, Sr. became the superintendent of the Little Rock School District on July 1, 2013, following a nationwide search. He was retained as interim superintendent in January, 2015 after the State Department of Education’s decision to place the district under state authority. As a result of this action, Dr. Suggs reports directly to Arkansas Education Commissioner Tony Wood.
An award-winning educator who has served in many leadership capacities, Dr. Suggs has been responsible for implementing unique educational strategies while at LRSD; and under his oversight, two innovative academies were created in 2014 - Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy for gifted and talented students, grades 2-5, and Forest Heights STEM Academy, for students grades K-8. His introduction of one-to-one technology, a virtual academy, and an enhanced Career Technical Education program also provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.
Dr. Suggs moved to Arkansas from Indiana, where he served as the Chief of Staff for the Indianapolis Public Schools, promoted from his former position as the first African-American male Chief Information Officer for the district.
As the Chief of Staff, Dr. Suggs provided general leadership and oversight to the overall functions and operations of the district. He directed the activities of the departments of Information Technology, Vocational Education, Alternative Education and Office of Student Assignments. He also collaborated with the School Board, the Curriculum and Instruction Division, and the Business Department to ensure consistency, common focus, efficiency, and timely response in delivery of services and support to schools and to ensure that district policies were implemented.
Throughout his career, Dr. Suggs has garnered other various leadership positions since 1994 including Chief Information Officer, Director of Transportation Operations and Communications, high school principal, and middle school principal. He began his career as an English and Speech teacher at the high school level in Indianapolis. In addition, he has served as a football, basketball, and track coach at the middle and high school levels. Dr. Suggs is also a Persian Gulf War Veteran of the United States Army.
Dr. Suggs has been recognized as one of the best educators in the nation and has received a number of national and state recognitions and awards. He has been recognized with the Milken National Educator Award, Center for Leadership Development Human Achievement Award, Center for Leadership Development Distinguish Achievement Award, United States Congressional Letter of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Education, Indiana House of Representatives and Senate State Resolution, Indiana Middle Level Education Association Spotlight Educator of the Year Award, Who’s Who Among American Educators, Certificate of Recognition from the Indianapolis Public Schools District School Board for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership, and the National Honor Society Teacher Recognition Award just to name a few.
Dr. Suggs earned his Bachelor degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. His postgraduate education includes Masters of Education degrees from Indiana University and Indiana Wesleyan University, and an Ed.S and Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dr. Suggs and his wife, Dr. Shenia Suggs, have three children.