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Alumni Hall of Fame - Barbara Deane-Williams


Superintendent of Schools, Rochester City School District
Nominated by Anne Kress

Administrator who pursues excellence by educating Rochester’s children and
addressing issues of social justice.

In August 2016, the Rochester City School Board of Education unanimously appointed Barbara Deane-Williams as the superintendent of schools for the Rochester City School District. She is the first woman to permanently lead the district.

A Rochester resident, Barbara earned an associate of applied science degree in liberal arts and sciences from MCC. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith College, a master of education degree from the University of New Hampshire, and a certificate of advanced study from the College at Brockport. She has completed doctoral work in teaching and leadership at Syracuse University.

Barbara began her career in special education in Massachusetts before returning to upstate New York where she served in counseling and leadership roles in six school districts, including the Greece Central School District. Most recently she served as senior deputy superintendent of operations for Boston Public Schools in Massachusetts. She is a member of the State Council of School Superintendents and serves on the State Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council. She gives back to MCC through strategic partnerships that put students on the pathway to college.