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Dr. Neil Gupta

After a thorough and competitive nationwide search that began with 23 candidates, Oakwood Schools Board of Education has selected the District’s next superintendent, Dr. Neil Gupta. Dr. Gupta currently serves as the Director of Secondary Education for Worthington Schools and brings more than 20 years of educational experience to Oakwood.

"Dr. Gupta fulfills many of the superintendent characteristics identified through our community and staff surveys, including strong communication skills, a desire to engage with the community, high expectations for students and staff, a belief in servant leadership, an appreciation of the diversity in Oakwood and a commitment to inclusive practices,” Board of Education President John Wilson said.

The District officially began its search to replace former superintendent Dr. Kyle Ramey, who retired Dec. 31, in November. The Board partnered with K12 Business Consulting to engage the community, staff and students in the search and interview process.  

Dr. Gupta, a graduate of Miami University who earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at Ashland University, says the process gave him a broad perspective of the schools and the community.

“A large reason I am excited to join the Oakwood Schools family has been the comprehensive hiring process.  The process allowed me to learn about the school district and community pride for our schools as well as meeting students, staff, and families.  While I don’t officially begin until August, I have fallen in love with the Oakwood community,” Dr. Gupta said.

The Oakwood community, staff and students are invited to a welcome reception for Dr. Gupta this week. The reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Library.

While Interim Superintendent Allyson Couch will continue to lead the District until Dr. Gupta takes over Aug. 1., the new leader says he is already making plans for the future.

“I hope to bring a unified vision to align our staff and community in the areas of high student achievement, safe and secure schools, and efficient and effective operations.  I hope to maintain the traditions in our schools that make Oakwood special while integrating innovative opportunities to ensure our students are prepared for life after graduation,” Dr. Gupta said.

Board of Education members want to thank everyone who participated in the search process and look forward to continuing to engage the community and the new superintendent.

"The Board looks forward to working with Dr. Gupta as he begins to get to know our community and the students, staff and administrators of Oakwood Schools. We are excited about Dr. Gupta's leadership and vision for the future.” Wilson said.