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Transitioning from a two decade career as a legacy Memphis City Schools educator and administrator, Dr. Richmond joined the Shelby County Schools district during the summer of 2013-2014. He recently served as Chief Academic Officer following the July 1, 2013 merger of Shelby County Schools (SCS) and Memphis City Schools (MCS). Prior to assuming the role of CAO, he served as Co-chair of the Transition Steering Committee, which was responsible for overseeing one of the largest school mergers in the history of public education. During his tenure as Chief Academic Officer for the 2013-14 school year, Dr. Richmond celebrated the District achieving 10 of its 11 Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOS), 39 schools being identified as Reward Schools, a reduction in the number of priority schools from 69 to 50, and garnering a ‘Level 5’ rating for student growth (the highest score awarded by the State of Tennessee for growth). Previously, Dr. Richmond also served as Deputy Superintendent and Chief of School Operations for Memphis City Schools. For three consecutive years, legacy MCS earned a ‘Level 5’ rating for student growth under


Dr. Richmond’s leadership. Achievement scores improved in most subject categories and grade levels. He has also led improvement efforts with the district’s high priority schools. As a result, for the past two years the Innovation Zone (iZone), the district’s analog to the state’s Achievement School District, proficiency scores have increased at a higher rate than the state in all four core subject areas. Major improvements across Math, Science and Social Studies were highlights. Prior to his service as a district leader, Dr. Richmond served as Principal of Ross Elementary School and Ridgeway Middle School. Dr. Richmond earned his Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Union University, as well as the Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Supervision.  His dissertation was entitled, “The Effectiveness of Mentoring Programs on African American Males in Reading.” Dr. Richmond holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi, a Bachelor of Science in English from Tennessee State University, and has participated in the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) at Harvard University and the TSBA Perspective Superintendent’s Academy.


Dr. Richmond is a proud product of Memphis City Schools.  He has served the Shelby County/Memphis Community for 21 years in education, and

has had the privilege of mentoring numerous administrators. Dr. Richmond has two sons, Kendall (13) and Roderick Jr. (21). Dr. Richmond’s best friend, role model, and the most influential person in his life is his mom, a retired educator a story and let your users know a little more about you.