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Nikolai Vitti

Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Nikolai Vitti was appointed as superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District on May 23, 2017 on a five-year contract.

In his first year Vitti worked closely with the Detroit Board of Education to implement a 100-day plan that culminated with the development of a new Strategic Plan that focuses on raising student achievement, transforming the district’s culture, improving staffing, developing the whole child, and ensuring financial responsibility

Before arriving in Detroit, Vitti led Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the 20th largest school district in the nation with approximately 130,000 enrolled students in 200 schools, and a fiscal budget of $1.7 billion. During his four and a half years at DCPS, the district ranked among the first to fourth highest performing urban districts in the nation on the National Assessment for Education Progress. Vitti was previously chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, assistant superintendent for the Miami-Dade district, and deputy chancellor at the Florida Department of Education. He also served children as a principal, dean of students, and teacher.

He received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from Wake Forest University. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.