With a proven track record in leading school reform and building positive community and school relationships, Superintendent Philip D. Lanoue has led the Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia since July 2009. He is the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2015 Georgia Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Lanoue is also one of the nation’s top 50 educational innovators in digital learning as named by Converge magazine. Under his leadership, the school district has been honored as a Title I Distinguished District for being Georgia’s #1 large district for closing the achievement gap. The district has received numerous state recognitions as a model technology school district, Georgia’s #1 Career Academy and the state’s top award for exceptional Response to Intervention practices. Recently named a District of Distinction by District Administrator magazine for increased dual enrollment credits, Clarke County is home to a National Blue Ribbon School, a MetLife/NASSP Breakthrough School and a NAMM Top Community in Music Education. Also, all middle schools and both traditional high schools are now International Baccalaureate World Schools - not a gifted program in the district. In addition, Dr. Lanoue has fostered a variety of local, state and national partnerships including forming a University of Georgia Professional Development School District and designing a state-level personalized digital learning system. He was previously Area Assistant Superintendent for the Cobb County School District in Marietta, Georgia. Prior to that, Dr. Lanoue served as principal for 18 years in four high schools in Massachusetts and Vermont, his home state. His subject specialty is biology, and he began his educational career as a science teacher. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University, M.Ed. in Administration and Planning from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Vermont. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in the Educational Administration and Policy program in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy. Dr. Lanoue and his wife, Vickie, make their home in Athens. He is the proud father of two daughters who make their home in the New England area.