Obama appoints Jenkins to IES Board of Directors

President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins to key a Administration post as a member on the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.ies

“(Barbara Jenkins) brings a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to this important role,” Obama said. “I know (she) will serve the American people well.”

  Jenkins has been the Superintendent for OCPS since 2012. She was named the 2017 Florida Superintendent of the Year.  Jenkins previously served as the Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff for Orange County and oversaw five area superintendents and the Division of Teaching and Learning.  She also served as president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents from 2015 to 2016.  She was named CEO of the Year in 2015 by the Orlando Business Journal.  Jenkins is a member of the Aspen Urban Superintendent’s Network.  She received a B.A., M.A., and Ed.D. from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Barbara Jenkins
Dr. Barbara Jenkins

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. They are independent and non-partisan. Their mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.

IES conducts six broad types of work that addresses school readiness and education from infancy through adulthood and includes special populations such as English Learners and students with disabilities.

The White House Office of the Press Secretary and the Orange County Public Schools Media Relations Office contributed to this report.


  1. Obama appointed her? How long will that job last, maybe until Jan. 20th, 2017? I hope she doesn’t go purchase a new home or make some permanent plans, if you know what I mean……….no reflection on her, of course.

  2. So who is going to fill her shoes over at the Orange Co. School Board? What, the board members vote on themselves? Or does Ms. Jacobs fill the vacancy? The transitional political revolving doors of the political scene is getting to be too much……..

  3. Hmmm…..I see she was CEO of the year in 2015, and has a Ed.D and a B.A. M. A……..looks like all she needed was an O in front of her B.A. M. A…..LOL! Got any MD’s, JD’s??? What part of the country is she heading to for the job? I’m sure that will pay big time because God knows she sure reaped the big bucks at OCPSB and the allowances for the car, and personal discretionary expenditure accounts, etc……it must be nice to be a CEO………


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