Superintendent as CEO

December 6, 2023 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Thinking of the superintendent’s role as Chief Executive Officer helps school leaders draw parallels between the roles of education leader and business leader.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for superintendents in all stages of their careers, but especially early career superintendents, to connect and learn with other superintendents. Participants will delve deeper into the leadership skills needed to move their district forward by setting direction, developing people, and developing the organization.


8:30 a.m. – Introductions

8:45-9:30 a.m. – Seat at the Table: What it Means to Operate as a CEO: Overview of the role of Superintendent as CEO. Participants will shape the agenda for the day by answering key questions. Presented by Executive Director Shawn Hime.

9:35-10:35 a.m. – Is That My Job? Defining Roles and Responsibilities: The Board/Superintendent relationship is key to a CEO’s success. Participants will understand the roles and responsibilities of the board and the superintendent in all areas of governance. Presented by Associate Executive Director Joe Siano and Director of Education Leadership Melonie Hau.

10:45- 11:30 a.m. – Hiring for Success: Selecting the Right Candidate for the Job: In today’s climate, hiring the right candidate is one of the most important jobs of a CEO. Participants will learn strategies for screening potential employees and choosing the best support and certified professionals to join the district’s team. Presented by Director of Member Engagement Amber Graham-Fitzgerald and Staff Attorney Brandon Carey.

11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. – Lunch

12:40-1:25 p.m. – Board Meetings 101: Understanding the law behind the Open Meetings Act helps a CEO educate board members and the community on the importance of transparency and the work of the organization. Participants will learn about legal requirements for board meetings. Presented by OSSBA Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Julie Miller.

1:35-2:35 p.m. – The Nuts and Bolts as CEO: From Board Agendas to Visionary Budgeting, it’s the details that matter. Participants will learn the art behind creating tools that help the district improve transparency and meet its goals. Presented by Executive Director Shawn Hime, Associate Executive Director Joe Siano and Director of Education Leadership Melonie Hau.

2:40-3:25 p.m. – Practical Application: Takeaways and Discussion: Participants will be able to review topics from the day and ask about current issues they are facing.

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This workshop will benefit superintendents in all stages of their careers. Please note this learning opportunity is designed for superintendents and does not qualify for board credit.

Session materials will be available for registered attendees the morning of the event through the OSSBA member portal.

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Online registration is available through the OSSBA member portal. For information or questions about the member portal, please contact Lisa Deaton or Jennifer Carel by email with your name, district, and email address or call 888.528.3571.

Registration is $150 for OSSBA members and $300 for non-OSSBA members. Registrations are due by Dec. 1. In-person registrations after the deadline are $175 ($350 for non-members). Notice of in-person registration cancellation must be received in writing by the registration due date for a refund (less a $25 cancellation fee). No refunds will be offered after the due date. Virtual registrations are not subject to a price increase or cancellation fee.


OSSBA Conference Center
2801 N. Lincoln Blvd. - Second Floor
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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