Reading, Writing, and a Heartfelt Reception
Donald E. Fennoy II
Takes the Oath
Chiefs for Change: Interview with Donald E. Fennoy II
MEET THE SUPERINTENDENT
|Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D.
School District of Palm Beach County
"I understand that my education has forever changed the life trajectory and quality of life for my family. I also recognize that I am obligated to educate and serve students who currently don’t have enough champions making sure that their educational journey leads to their college and workforce dreams. This is why every decision I make as a leader is in the best interest of the children"
Biography of the Superintendent
Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II is the 26th Superintendent of Schools for the School District of Palm Beach County. The District is the 11th largest district in the country with a student enrollment of more than 193,000 students. The annual budget exceeds $2.4 billion and the District is the largest employer in Palm Beach County with over 23,000 employees.
Prior to his appointment as Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Fennoy served as the District’s Chief Operating Officer from May 2016 to March 2018. He is credited with significantly improving operational efficiencies across the nine departments within his division, following the transportation meltdown in 2015. In addition, he created 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, he 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 achieved dramatic academic gains in addition to significantly improving financial and operational outcomes.
Earlier he served 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 Agricultural and Mechanical University during the school’s 125th anniversary celebration.
He graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Central Florida. He and his wife Kendra are the proud parents of two beautiful children.