Henderson Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Henderson Lewis is the Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent. In this role, he has also led the OPSB towards a new era of unification, where for the first time in over a decade the schools system returned to local control under the oversight of the elected Orleans Parish School Board. Dr. Lewis served as superintendent for East Feliciana Parish Public schools before serving as superintendent in New Orleans. Under his tenure, the East Feliciana Public Schools were recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as second in the state for elementary student academic growth. Dr. Lewis has more than 20 years of experience in education as a mentor, teacher, assistant principal, principal, instructional coach and curriculum expert.

One of the youngest superintendents in the 174-year history of New Orleans public schools, Dr. Lewis has achieved many accolades, including being named a “Chiefs for Change” inductee in 2018 as well as a “Distinguished Board Member” from the Louisiana School Boards Association for several years.

Dr. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Southern University at New Orleans, an M.Ed. in educational leadership and administration from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration from Mississippi State University.

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