Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D.
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.
Jenkins' leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for
Urban Education. The prize earned half-a-million dollars for student
scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The district also
received the Governor’s Sterling Award in 2014 and again in 2015. The award is
highly regarded for its recognition of organizations that exemplify performance
excellence in Florida. Also, for three of the last five years, OCPS was named
to the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board, for increasing access to
Advanced Placement course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing
the percentage of students earning exam scores for college credit.
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.
Dr. Jenkins served as president of the Florida Association of District School
Superintendents. The Orlando Business
Journal honored her as a CEO of the Year in 2015. In 2014, she was named
the Visionary Award recipient by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, and the
Central Florida Woman of the Year by the Women’s Executive Council.
for her commitment and influence, both the Orlando
Sentinel and Orlando Magazine
have recognized her as one of the 10 most powerful people in Central Florida;
Orlando Magazine ranked her number five overall in 2015, and number two in the
Education category in 2016.
engaged in the community, Dr. Jenkins serves on the boards of United Arts of
Central Florida, Winter Park Health Foundation, Greater Orlando Economic
Development Commission, Florida Hospital, Central Florida Regional Commission
on Homelessness, Orange County Youth Mental Health Commission, and is a
member of the Aspen Urban Superintendent’s Network.