Frank R. Petruzielo is a lifelong, professional educator who enjoys national renown as an authority on innovative restructuring of public school systems. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, as well as degrees from the University of Miami (Florida) and Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida). Dr. Petruzielo began his career 49 years ago in the Nation’s fourth largest school district as a high school English teacher in Dade County (Miami), Florida, where he subsequently served as Assistant Superintendent for Legislative and Labor Relations and Associate Superintendent in charge of the Dade County Public Schools’ Bureau of Professionalization.
It was Dr. Petruzielo’s experience and achievements in educational restructuring and shared decision-making that brought him to the attention of the 210,000 student Houston (Texas) Independent School District, which named him Superintendent of Schools in June, 1991.
In February, 1994 Dr. Petruzielo returned to South Florida to become Superintendent of Schools in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale). With 270,000 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, and an additional 230,000 adult students, Broward is the fifth largest school system in the Nation. With approximately 30,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $3 billion, the Broward school district is the largest employer in Broward County.
In February, 1999 Dr. Petruzielo became Superintendent of Schools for the Cherokee County School District, the eighth largest system in Georgia. In 2003, he was named Georgia’s Outstanding Superintendent-of-the-Year by the Georgia PTA; and in 2004, he was the first Superintendent appointed to serve on the Georgia PTA Board of Directors.
In 2007, eSchool News named Dr. Petruzielo as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent, in recognition of his leadership and vision in K-12 educational technology.
Dr. Petruzielo has been a frequent speaker and consultant to such organizations as the Council of Great City Schools, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Center on Education and the Economy, and numerous state legislatures and state boards of education, as well as public school systems throughout the Nation. He served as Chairman of the National Urban Education Task Force, which was established by the Council of Great City Schools to develop a broad action plan and strategic blueprint for urban school attainment of the National Urban Educational Goals.