Dr. Keith P. Posley is superintendent for Milwaukee Public Schools. As superintendent, Dr. Posley works with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and district leadership to improve student achievement, engage in effective and efficient operations that make the best use of district resources, and develop opportunities to increase parent and community involvement.
Dr. Posley was previously the chief school administration officer for MPS and has served as a district administrator in several capacities. He first joined the Office of School Administration in 2003 as a leadership specialist for the MPS northwest region. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day operations of more than 35 schools, providing support, guidance, advisement, and direction to school leaders. Dr. Posley was also responsible for recruiting and hiring highly qualified, strong, effective school principals and education leaders in schools under his purview.
Dr. Posley started his career as an elementary school teacher at Benjamin Franklin School in 1990. He later served as assistant principal at Forest Home Avenue Elementary School and, in 1999, was named principal of Clarke Street Elementary School. During his tenure at Clarke Street, the school received a visit from President George W. Bush after Dr. Posley was named one of eight exemplary principals selected by the president that year.
Originally from Mantee, Mississippi, Dr. Posley received his bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a certificate of advanced studies in administrative leadership and a doctorate in education leadership from National Louis University.
He believes that reading, math, and writing need the intense focus of the entire MPS system. Dr. Posley states, “I firmly believe each child must possess a strong knowledge base in these critical areas.”
Growing up, Dr. Posley felt that strong family support was critical to his development. Older brothers, uncles, his church, and community members saw something good within him and encouraged him to pursue his education. In reflection of the support afforded to him, Dr. Posley never misses an opportunity to mentor young men and encourage them to pursue their academic goals.
Dr. Posley is married to Shiron and has three daughters, Shawanda, Shana, and Praneshia, along with five wonderful grandchildren, Makayla, Jordan, Haleigh, Mariah, and Hannah.