The Detroit Board of Education last night voted to appoint Dr. Connie Kennedy Calloway, a highly regarded educator from Missouri, as the District’s superintendent.
The appointment is effective July 1.
Calloway, superintendent of the Normandy School District in metropolitan St. Louis, was chosen following a lengthy nationwide search. Calloway has worked as an educator for more than 30 years. She began her career as a teacher in the early 1970s and worked in a wide variety of public school districts, including Cleveland, Boston , and East Cleveland, Ohio. She has worked as a reading specialist, adult education instructor, curriculum supervisor and principal. She has also served on the faculty of Cleveland State University, Ashland University and John Carroll University.
Calloway holds a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence University, a master’s from Harvard and a doctorate from Ohio University
To aid in the transition to the new administration, the board selected Lamont Satchel, a veteran senior administrator who has variously served as general counsel and chief operating officer and most recently as the District’s chief labor relations officer, as interim superintendent.
A native Detroiter, Satchel graduated from Murray-Wright High School and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 1994.
He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Wayne State University, one in psychology with honors and a bachelor’s degree in political science. He has a law degree from University of Michigan. He resides in Detroit with his wife and two children. A Detroit Public Schools employee for a decade, he has worked closely with several superintendents since joining the district.
Satchel is a former adjunct faculty member in the criminal justice department at Wayne State. Before joining the District he was a senior staff attorney with National Lawyers Guild Law Center, a public interest law firm, where he specialized in civil rights, labor and contract law.