Dr. Romules L. Durant
Superintendent, Toledo Public Schools
Dr. Durant, a product of Toledo Public Schools, spent his high school years attending Waite High School, where he won multiple awards while playing football. He went on to attend the University of Toledo on a football scholarship where he was a 4 year varsity award winner. He was a 2-time Jon Binder Award recipient, which is given to the player who exemplifies “true heart and courage.”
In addition to athletics, Dr. Durant earned more than 15 academic scholarships. He received a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1998, a Master of Education Degree in 2002, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision in 2007, from the University of Toledo. His doctoral dissertation “The Collective Factor of Social Oppression and Urban Poverty on the Achievement of Black Students” was considered for Dissertation of the Year.
Dr. Durant has spent the past 14 years working for the Toledo Public School District, as a teacher, administrator, and assistant superintendent. He was most recently selected as the Interim Superintendent/ CEO of TPS. In his work, he became the driving force behind data-driven decisions that assisted in the increase of state performance rating in 16 of the 17 schools. Yearly, he meets in New York with other professional educators from across the country as a consultant to devise plans on essential education topics for the department of education. Dr. Durant has appeared on multiple discussion panels, and has presented at both the local and state levels on various initiatives.
Dr. Durant has been inducted into both the “Distinguished Waite Alumni Hall of Fame” and the “Morrison R. Waite Athletic Hall of Fame.” As a result of his community work, he was also inducted into the “Birmingham Hall of Fame” and was honored by the state government as a “Distinguished Citizen.” African American Legacy Project- selected him as a 2010 recipient of the “Emerging Leader Award” and also a recipient of the 2011 Toledo Branch NAACP “Freedom Fund Award.” In 2012, he earned the “20 Under 40 Leadership Award” and was also a recipient of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa “Calla Lily Educator’s Award.” Also 2012, his work with the SAAB mentor group earned the NAACP “Youth Award.” In 2013, he was awarded the “Community Image Award,” by the Perry Burroughs Democratic Women’s Club. Additionally, the former Mayor of Toledo honored him for his work with the North End Community Beautification Project. Dr. Durant is the co-chair of the nationally recognized teacher peer review program called the Toledo Plan, as well the Urban Leadership Development Program designed to develop future instructional leaders. He has received national recognition for his SAAB mentor group which was twice nationally recognized as “SAAB Chapter of the Year,” and he was honored with the “Outstanding SAAB Advisor Award.” He is a board member of the National Principal Leadership Institute (also serving as a national coach), Partners in Education, former trustee of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association and the City of Toledo Board of Community Relations, among others organizational boards in the local community. He is one of the youngest members of the Rotary Club of Toledo. Dr. Durant is one of the creative engineers and implementer of the TPS Transformation Plan: (K-8) schools, distance-learning, credit-recovery/on-line academy, pre/post secondary credits, and thematic-schools, as well many other innovative initiatives.
Dr. Durant, himself comes from an impoverished background, which inspired his doctoral research, formulated around the oppressive platform of today’s achievement gap. He has a passion for motivational speaking and is dedicated to working with the youth and the community at large.