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Nikolai Vitti

Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Nikolai Vitti is the superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). Vitti has decades of expertise in education and improving academic performance for children. He recently launched Blueprint 2020, DPSCD’s strategic plan for rebuilding Detroit’s public schools. In his short tenure, he has raised student enrollment, actively engaged internal and external stakeholders, and improved teacher shortages.

Vitti is currently focused on rebuilding the district’s systems and processes with a focus on recruiting, retaining, and developing teachers and leaders, addressing the whole child through expansion of the arts and wraparound services, transforming the district’s culture, and improving fiscal stewardship.

Vitti previously led Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla. Under his leadership, the school district reached an historic high in graduation and college readiness rates through the expansion of accelerated programming and early warning systems.

Vitti received the prestigious Presidential Scholarship from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was a member of the Urban Superintendent Program, which has developed numerous successful superintendents throughout the country.