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360 Colborne Street
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History of SPPS Superintendents

On May 20, 2024, Dr. John Thein became interim superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools.

Dr. Thein succeeded Dr. Joe Gothard who served as superintendent from 2017-2024.

Rev. E. D. Neill was chosen as the secretary and treasurer of SPPS upon the organization of the board in 1856. After he resigned in March 1860, Rev. John Mattocks was named his successor, and continued to act as secretary and superintendent until September 1872.

Below is a list of the last 12 Superintendents of Saint Paul Public Schools.

Read more about the history of Saint Paul Public Schools

Superintendent Joe Gothard in blue blazer and green striped tie

Joe Gothard
July 2017 - May 2024 

Meria Carstarphen
August 2006 - June 2009 

William A. Larson
1998 - 1999 

John Thein
July 2016 - July 2017 

Lois Rockney
July 2006 

Curman L. Gaines
1991 - 1998 

Valeria Silva
December 2009 - July 2016 

Lou Kanavati

David Bennett
1985 - 1991 

Suzanne Kelly
July 2009 - December 2009

Patricia Harvey
1999 - 2005 

George Young
1969 - 1985