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Dr. Lewis Ferebee

Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Acting Chancellor

Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee is the Acting Chancellor of DC Public Schools, selected by Mayor Muriel Bowser in December 2018. Before joining DCPS, Dr. Ferebee, a 20-year education veteran, served as Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools beginning in 2013, where he employed transformation efforts to drive turnaround for low-performing schools and raise the district's graduation rate by 15 percentage points. During his tenure, graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students surpassed the district average, with Black students also surpassing the state average. Dr. Ferebee also designed a student-based budgeting process, enabling schools to innovate in order to meet the needs of their students while improving transparency and equity around the distribution of resources system-wide.

Prior to working for Indianapolis Public Schools, Dr. Ferebee served for three years as Chief of Staff for Durham Public Schools, where he reduced to zero the number of schools in Durham designated by the state as "low performing." He also worked for Guilford County Schools in North Carolina as a principal, where he was named Principal of the Year, before serving as an instructional improvement officer and Regional Superintendent.

Dr. Ferebee earned his doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University, a master's degree in school administration from The George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from North Carolina Central University. In 2016, Dr. Ferebee was named among Education Week’s Leaders to Learn From. He also received Marian University’s 2016 John A. Purdie Innovator and Mentor of the Year Award. Dr. Ferebee currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the College Board.

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