Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant
TPS Proud isn’t just a catchphrase for Dr. Romules Durant. In everything he says and does – and wears – Dr. Durant shows the pride he has in his hometown’s schools, the vision of excellence he has for the TPS district and the belief he has in the students and teachers to achieve that standard.
A native of East Toledo, Dr. Durant couldn’t be prouder of being a graduate of two Toledo institutions: Waite High School and the University of Toledo. He was an outstanding football player at both, attending the university on a football scholarship and earning four varsity letters. He twice received the Jon Binder Award at UT, given to a player who exemplifies “true heart and courage.”
Dr. Durant received three degrees from the University of Toledo: a Bachelor's of Education degree in 1998, a Master’s of Education degree in 2002 and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision in 2007. His doctoral dissertation, The Collective Factor of Social Oppression and Urban Poverty on the Achievement of Black Students, was considered for Dissertation of the Year.
Employed by TPS since 1999, Dr. Durant has been a teacher, administrator and assistant superintendent. When he was 20, he wrote out a career plan that saw him as a school district superintendent by the age of 37. He achieved that goal in December, 2013, when he was named the 30th superintendent of TPS and was given a five-year contract. In February, 2017, the Toledo Board of Education extended his contract until July 31, 2021.