Dr. Ramos served as Superintendent of Schools in Connecticut’s largest city (Bridgeport). Under his leadership, the school district and supporting community developed an aggressive strategic plan that endorsed a focused mission to graduate all students college ready and prepared to succeed in life. “EXPECT GREAT THINGS” became the district’s mantra and the Bridgeport Public Schools pursued a path to greater success which included recognition as a Broad Prize Finalist on two successive years.
Since leaving Bridgeport, Dr. Ramos has served as Interim Superintendent in Groton (CT), CEO/Principal of the Middle East International School in Doha, Qatar and, most recently, Superintendent of Schools in the School District of South Orange and Maplewood (NJ) where both a 21st century, student oriented strategic plan and a critical Access and Equity policy were established during his tenure.
Prior to serving in Bridgeport, Dr. Ramos was Deputy Commissioner for Educational Programs and Services for the Connecticut State Department of Education, Superintendent of the Watertown (CT) Public Schools (where he was labeled “The Healer” as he brought together a fractured board of education, school district and community), Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Norwalk (CT) Public Schools, and Principal of Norwalk High School (where he was cited for his open-minded, visionary leadership by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and consultant for the Academy for Educational Development (Washington, D.C.) and the South African Department of Education.
Dr. Ramos’ awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island, the Ethics in Education Award from the Connecticut School of Ethical Education, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Award from the State of Israel and the Living Waters Award from the United Church of Christ, Connecticut Conference.
Dr. Ramos received his doctorate in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he has served as an adjunct professor; his M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Brown University.
Currently, as Founder and President of the Equity and Excellence Imperative (EEI), Dr. Ramos provides consultant and interim services to educational, community and business organizations in the global marketplace.