Biography of the Superintendent

Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II is the 26th Superintendent of the A-rated, School District of Palm Beach County. The District is the 10th largest in the country, and has an enrollment of more than 190,000 students. Dr. Fennoy is very proud of the 94.4% graduation rate at District-operated schools. The District is the largest employer in Palm Beach County with nearly 23,000 employees and an annual budget of $3.8 billion.

Prior to his appointment as Superintendent of Schools in March 2018, Dr. Fennoy served as the District’s Chief Operating Officer for two years. He is credited with significantly improving operational efficiencies across the nine departments within his division, in addition to creating organizational structures to successfully execute $1.3 billion in tax referendum projects. He also managed District operations during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Before coming to Palm Beach County, Dr. Fennoy served as the Senior Area Superintendent of the South Learning Community for the Fulton County School District, where he was responsible for the guidance and improvement efforts of 28 schools. Under his leadership, the South Learning Community schools saw impressive gains, in addition to significantly improved financial and operational outcomes.

His previous experience also includes serving as the Executive Director of the New Leaders for New Schools, Maryland Program, overseeing the day-to-day operations and programming for the Maryland Principal Development Program.

In a prior position as a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, his high school received the National School Change Award. This honor is presented annually to six schools in the United States that have demonstrated the greatest academic turnaround in a two-year period.

He is a member of the 2015-2016 class of the Broad Academy, part of the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, in addition to being part of Leadership Florida's Executive Leadership Class X. Chiefs for Change named him to their 2017 cohort of the Future Chief program. Dr. Fennoy was honored for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of public education, and for being among the most notable 125 alumni of Florida A&M University during the school’s 125th anniversary celebration.

In 2020, he was a finalist for the prestigious Green-Garner Award, presented by the Council of the Great City Schools. Nominees for the award are judged on their attributes in five key areas: leadership, achievement, public confidence, professionalism, and involvement.

Dr. Fennoy graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, as well as a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Fennoy and his wife Kendra are the proud parents of two beautiful children.

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