Jeanice Kerr Swift Biography


  • Jeanice Kerr Swift, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Dr, Swift portrait Jeanice Kerr Swift, Ph.D. is a lifetime educator, having served thirty years as classroom teacher, teacher coach, principal, and school district administrator. She has served as Superintendent of Schools in the Ann Arbor Public Schools since August, 2013. Under Dr. Swift’s leadership in Ann Arbor Public Schools, enrollment has increased significantly, exciting new programs are opened in schools, achievement is improved, and top-quality arts programming continues to thrive. In addition, critical measures of District strength, such as enrollment trajectory and fund equity stability are improved. Dr. Swift works as a passionate advocate for children, believing each child’s unique talents should be leveraged to meet high expectations for learning and ensure success beyond graduation.

    Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Jeanice Swift served Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Curriculum, and Student Services in Colorado Springs School District 11. Dr. Swift delights in working alongside teachers, support staff, and leaders to improve student performance and organization outcomes. She has long been passionate about the arts, having served as principal of a performing arts school and discovering, through personal experience, the power of the arts to positively transform students, schools, and communities.

    Jeanice Swift earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a major in English and a minor in Spanish, at the University of Texas, Arlington. She earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at the University of Denver.

    Dr. Swift believes that every child deserves to be fully welcomed and embraced at school and receive the support to succeed within a rich, exploratory, arts-infused education. She is committed to engaging with the Ann Arbor community to further extend and enhance the excellence for which Ann Arbor Public Schools has long been known across Michigan and around the world.