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Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D.

Dr. Barbara Jenkins has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for more than 25 years. She was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012. 

Under Dr. Jenkins' leadership, the district was named the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education winner. OCPS will earn half-a-million dollars for student scholarships from the prestigious Broad Foundation. The district also received the 2014 Governors Sterling Award, the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. Additionally, for three of the last five years, OCPS was named to the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board, for increasing access to AP course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
As the former deputy superintendent for Orange County, Jenkins served as the superintendent's designee and oversaw five area superintendents and the division of Teaching and Learning. In her prior tenure as Chief of Staff, she also oversaw Human Resources, Public Relations, Labor Relations, Strategic Planning, and served as the chief negotiator for the district.
She was named the 2014 Visionary Award recipient by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and the Central Florida Woman of the Year for 2014 by the Womens Executive Council.
Recognized for her commitment and influence, both the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Magazine recognized her as one of the ten most powerful people in Central Florida in 2014.
Deeply engaged in the community, Dr. Jenkins serves on the board of the United Arts of Central Florida, the Winter Park Health Foundation, the YMCA of Central Florida, the Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, and the Orange County Youth Mental Health Commission.