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Our Advisory Board

Shaun Nelms, Superintendent
East Educational Partnership Organization (EPO)

Dr. Shaun Nelms is the Superintendent of the East Educational Partnership Organization (EPO), a new position created by the partnership between the New York State Education Department, the Rochester City School District and the University of Rochester. Dr. Nelms has been charged with creating a reform model that will be replicated in urban settings throughout the United States.

Dr. Nelms previously served as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the Greece Central School District, where his primary focus was on improving student achievement and closing equity gaps in accordance with district goals. Dr. Nelms provided guidance to members of the executive leadership team on School Improvement planning, professional development, and assessment of progress toward district targets in alignment with the Greece Strategic Framework.

Prior to his role in Greece, Dr. Nelms served as Chief of Schools for the Rochester City School District, where he supervised the Northeast Zone and successfully led implementation of the NYS Regents reform initiative. His focus on professional development for principals and teachers led to improvements in leadership capacity, instructional delivery and student achievement.

Dr. Nelms has also worked as a principal in the Rush-Henrietta School District, and as an assistant principal and social studies teacher in the Greece School District.

Throughout his career, Dr. Nelms has maintained a focus on helping students to be successful. He has served as a role model and mentor for students and faculty alike, and his legacy includes several successful programs that he established to give all students the opportunity to reach their academic and personal goals.

A renowned speaker on cultural competence, differentiation and administrative leadership, Dr. Nelms is also an associate professor for the University of Rochester where he teaches Human Resources and Urban Leadership programs. He is active in numerous community organizations and has been honored with several awards for his leadership and work in education.

Dr. Nelms received his doctorate in K-12 School Leadership from the University of Rochester, where he also earned his master’s in Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from SUNY Fredonia and NYS Permanent Certification as a School Administrator and Supervisor, and in School District Leadership; and NYS Permanent Teaching Certification in Social Studies, 7-12 grade.