Fulton County Schools  — Dr. Robert Avossa became Superintendent of the Fulton County School System in 2011. As Superintendent, he is responsible for the leadership, administration and management of approximately 93,200 students, 101 schools, 10,500+ employees, and an $814 million general fund budget.

Avossa’s forward-thinking and passion for innovation has led the school system to redevelop its approach to management, particularly in how central administrative services are delivered to schools as well as in how teachers and leaders are supported throughout their careers.

During his first year of superintendency, Avossa established the Learning Communities model for Fulton County Schools. Organized geographically — Northwest, Northeast, Central and South — the four learning communities allow a decentralized approach to school management and provide schools the opportunity to work more closely together and align resources.

He also has been successful in driving the school system forward in its quest for charter system status, which was granted by the Georgia Department of Education in 2012. The five-year charter serves as a contract between Fulton County Schools and the state and will provide the district more flexibility in its operations.

Before coming to Fulton County Schools, Avossa served as Chief Strategy and Accountability Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, one of the largest systems in the country. In that role, he led the district in driving key performance management initiatives. He also previously served as an area superintendent and as Chief of Staff, which resulted in significant student achievement improvement, and before that spent more than a decade in Florida as a teacher and principal. In 2011, he graduated from the Broad Superintendents Academy, an advanced development program that identifies and prepares experienced leaders to successfully run urban public education systems.

Avossa has a diverse range of experience with key roles at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He has been a teacher in middle and high schools, principal of a large Title I elementary school, and the principal of a comprehensive high school with more than 3,250 students. His work in these positions earned Avossa the designation as Young Educator of the Year.

Avossa holds a bachelor’s degree in exceptional education and behavior disorders as well as a master’s degree in special education, both from the University of South Florida. He also holds a doctorate from Wingate University.

He and his wife, Kellee, have two children who attend Fulton County schools.