Superintendent Ben Shuldiner
Benjamin Shuldiner is the Superintendent of the Lansing School District. Previously, he was a Dean’s Fellow and the Distinguished Lecturer of Education Leadership at Hunter College, City University of New York, where he directed all School and District Leadership programs for the institution. In 2015, Ben was appointed to the New York City Board of Education, the largest school system in America, serving over 1.1 million students. He also was named a trustee of the Board of Education Retirement System, where he helped manage over $5 billion of Pension Assets. In 2016 and again in 2017, Ben was elected President of ASCD, the largest education professional organization in the country, comprising over 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries— including 52 affiliate organizations. The first president to serve two terms, Ben had the longest tenure of any President in the 75-year history of the venerable organization.
Over the last decade Ben consulted around the world supporting schools and districts to better serve students and their communities. Among his many endeavors, Ben worked with Norwegian school and district administrators supporting their leadership growth. He worked closely with numerous Indian education systems to effectively provide a world-class learning environment. Domestically, Ben also helped support Urban Assembly schools as well as other NYC DOE schools and districts.
Before these roles, Ben was the founder and principal of the High School for Public Service (HSPS), in Brooklyn, NY. Under Ben’s leadership, HSPS received numerous awards for its outstanding success. HSPS was named one of the top 50 high schools in New York City by the Daily News and received a Bronze Medal from US News and World Report, putting it among the top schools in the country. In 2010, HSPS was named the top Title I school in New York, the first time a high school has ever won this award. Ben also led innovative projects at HSPS that gained national notoriety, from the creation of a fully functioning acre organic farm to a school-wide grading curriculum focused on mastery and proficiency.
For his work in education, Ben was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service for an Individual 35 Years of Age and Under. Ben received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and his MSEd from Baruch College.
Ben is looking forward to immersing himself in Lansing and getting to know all of the wonderful people that make up the Lansing School District and the surrounding communities.