John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium 2014

Meria Carstarphen ‘92

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Cudd Hall lobby
Reception to follow

CARSTARPHENDr. Meria Carstarphen is the newly-appointed superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, charged with overseeing the district's 49,000 students and 7,000 employees on a $850 million budget.

With nearly 20 years of experience in education, Carstarphen previously served as the first woman and first African-American superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, as superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota, and in chief accountability positions for public school systems in Kingsport, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio; and in Washington D.C., where she was the chief accountability officer of public schools. She has also taught middle school and elementary education in Seville, Spain, and Caracas, Venezuela.

She earned a doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy with a concentration in urban superintendency from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Carstarphen earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and Spanish from Tulane University, and master of education degrees from Auburn University and Harvard University. She has also studied at the University of Seville, Spain, and University of Innsbruck, Austria. A public school graduate, Carstarphen hails from Selma, Alabama, where she began her teaching career.

As the Atlanta superintendent, Carstarphen's duties include raising graduation rates, improving the image of a school system that experienced a standardized test-cheating scandal, and strengthening the district’s administration.

This event is part of the John J. Witmeyer III Dean's Colloquium series, which invites distinguished alumni back to campus to discuss their careers and professions. Sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs. For more information, contact 504-865-5728 or

Previous Dean’s Colloquia

2013-14 Dean's Colloquium: Alex McMurray
2012-13 Dean's Colloquium: Attorney Ira Sorkin
2011-12 Dean's Colloquium: NASA Astronaut Doug Hurley
2010-11 Dean's Colloquium: Actor Bryan Batt
2009-10 Dean's Colloquium: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
2008-09 Dean's Colloquium: NPR Correspondent Gwen Thompkins
2007-08 Dean’s Colloquium: Appraiser and “History Detectives” star Elyse Luray

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