About the Superintendent
Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Bio
Dr. Eric Jay Rosser, Superintendent of Schools, is an accomplished administrator with educational leadership, school turnaround, and operational management experience at the State Education Agency and Local Education Agency levels. He has a proven history of leading, managing, and coaching educational leaders and teachers, and designing and supervising effective instructional and student support initiatives.
Prior to being appointed in his current role, Dr. Rosser was the Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services of the Buffalo Public Schools. He has also served as Director of Student Support Services and Compliance, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services, and began his career as a teacher in Buffalo, before relocating to Atlanta to oversee the Atlanta Public Schools’ signature reform initiative as a Program Administrator. In Atlanta, Dr. Rosser also served as Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Operations and Interim Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in the District of Columbia, and as Executive Vice President for Operations for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Maryland.
Dr. Rosser holds a Bachelor’s Degree, three Master’s Degrees, and a Doctoral degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a first generation college graduate who attributes his academic accomplishments to his life work of advocating for every student to receive a quality education, particularly those impoverished and those who will be first generation college attenders. He participated in the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy and has been invited to present annually to the Academy’s aspiring urban superintendents.
His undergraduate and graduate studies focused on culture and the marginalization of cultural groups in education experienced through the lack of opportunity and access to quality instruction, a culturally insensitive curriculum, and a lack of cultural proficiency among educators. He pursued graduate degrees in school counseling and educational administration to position himself to address barriers to access and opportunity that lead to school success and to enact systemic change by developing programs, policy, and leading efforts to address institutional barriers that limit K-12 school success and postsecondary collegiate participation.
Dr. Rosser has been involved with school turnaround initiatives since 2007, leading efforts at the local and state level (i.e. Atlanta Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and Buffalo Public Schools) and working directly with school principals in developing and strengthening schools’ academic and student support programs to meet the evolving needs of all learners.
As a system’s thinker, Dr. Rosser has overseen the implementation of reform initiatives in the Buffalo Public Schools, including the co-development of the District’s Student Success Plan, the Buffalo Public Schools strategic plan for improving student outcomes, and many of the strategic initiatives of the Buffalo Public Schools’ New Education Bargain, the district’s comprehensive reform model. In his previous position as Deputy Assistant Superintendent for Elementary and Secondary Education of OSSE, Dr. Rosser oversaw the implementation of the District of Columbia’s State Accountability School District Turnaround Model. He also led the establishment of the accountability system for early learning facilities and programs throughout the District of Columbia. In Atlanta, Dr. Rosser was responsible for the District’s signature reform initiative designed to increase the academic outcomes of over 13,0000 K-12 students in the school system’s lowest performing schools.
Dr. Rosser understands all facets of school district operations. His unrelenting and courageous advocacy for children and families, ability to develop productive collaborative relationships with school leaders and community partners, affability, unwavering integrity, and commitment to all students distinguishes him as a Champion of Children.
18 South Perry St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
The Superintendent of Schools supervises all matters directly or indirectly affecting the operations of the school district. He ensures that the administration of the school system conforms with existing laws, regulations and policies adopted by the Board of Education.
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Selected School Board Policies related to the Superintendent
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