Leadriane Roby, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Leadriane Roby Superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools

Dr. Leadriane Roby was appointed superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools in February 2020.

Leadriane (pronounced Lee-dree-in) is an experienced and reflective educator with a 26-year history in public education. She began her career as an elementary classroom teacher, advancing to other roles including instructional leader, mentor, elementary and secondary principal and district leader in school districts in Michigan and Minnesota.

From school performance turnarounds to new strategic planning practices to promoting safe and respectful learning environments, while embracing 21st-century approaches with data-driven decision-making and more, Leadriane’s innovative leadership has impacted classrooms, communities, and cultures in urban and suburban districts alike. She has led school performance turnarounds, new strategic planning practices, and the promotion of safe and respectful learning environments - all while embracing 21st-century approaches. Dr. Roby ensures thorough and thoughtful decision-making by using many data points and engaging all voices.

Dr. Roby has always been determined to make a difference in the lives of students. She continues to be a strong advocate for educational equity, access and excellence for all learners. To this end, she has facilitated various groups, helping to create a roadmap to transform preK-12 education systems where all students benefit.

Dr. Roby earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Roby’s research focused on the teacher mentoring experience. She deeply believes that teacher preparation and support shapes the academic experiences of students. She believes all students should receive the benefit of having caring, strong and engaged teachers who believe in them.

The mother of three adult children and a first-time grandmother, Dr. Roby and her husband, Steven are excited to be joining the Grand Rapids Community and calling Michigan home once again.