Superintendent Search

  • Children in Classroom

  • The search for the next superintendent of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is officially underway.   

    The School Board of Broward County, Florida has hired an independent search firm, Ray and Associates, to coordinate a national search for the District's next permanent superintendent. Check the timeline below regularly for updates throughout the search process. View the  Superintendent Job Qualifications and  Superintendent Job Description.

  • Finalists

  • Dr. Vickie L Cartwright Headshot
    Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright 

  • Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright Bio

    Broward County Public Schools welcomed Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright as Interim Superintendent on August 2, 2021. Dr. Cartwright brings 26 years of experience in public education, having served recently as Superintendent of Schools for Oshkosh Area School District in Wisconsin.

    Dr. Cartwright worked in Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in Florida for 17 years, last serving as Associate Superintendent for Exceptional Students Education (ESE), where she oversaw the ESE Department with responsibilities for supporting students and leading principals, central office administrators, instructional personnel and classified staff. OCPS is the eighth largest school district in the nation, with more than 215,700 students. Her leadership experience includes directing the Accountability, Research and Assessment Department at OCPS, as well as previously serving as Vice President of the American Educational Research Association for the Division of Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools, and President of the National Association of Assessment Directors.

    “Students First” is her guiding principle, with a focus on educating students. Her commitment is to collaborating with stakeholders, creating partnerships and building relationships. Dr. Cartwright taught graduate students as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida. She has served on numerous committees and provided leadership at the local, state and national levels in the areas of school accountability, evaluation, research, assessment and exceptional student education.

    She obtained additional administrative experience as a secondary-level school assistant principal and principal in suburban communities. Prior instructional experience includes serving as an elementary school music teacher and a middle and high school band director.

    Dr. Cartwright earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Florida. She earned her Master’s in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she obtained an Educational Specialist degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Supervision.

    She has been married to Dr. Carl Cartwright for 30 years and has a son, Dylan, who recently graduated from college.

  • Michael Gaal Headshot
    Michael Gaal 

  • Michael Gaal Bio

    Michael is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years of service-centered experience across multiple sectors and disciplines. Prior to his candidacy for Superintendent of Broward Public Schools, Michael served as Deputy Chancellor, DC Public Schools; Chief of Staff, Oakland Unified School District; and both Chief Operations Officer and Elementary Superintendent, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. His private sector experiences include President of Sales for an education technology company, and Chief Operations Officer and later President of an energy management company, primarily supporting school districts and universities. Michael is a retired Air Force Colonel with deep experiences in flight instruction, mobility operations and national strategy policy development. Michael's student's first mantra and understanding of the needs of schools and students drive his urgency and passion to ensure all students are Loved, Challenged and Prepared!  

  • February 2022


    Special School Board Meeting – Superintendent Search


    Special School Board Meeting – Superintendent Search

    Vickie Cartwright
    Michael Gaal
    Quintin Shepherd


    Meet the Finalists
    Plantation High School, Main Auditorium, 7 p.m.
    6901 N.W. 16 Street, Plantation, FL. 33313 

    Ray & Associates will moderate the event and ask the finalists questions that were generated from the various focus group sessions that occurred during the search process. Candidates will be available to personally interact with attendees at the conclusion of the session. In addition, all stakeholders are encouraged to utilize the QR code that will link them to the Public Comments for the 2/9 Special School Board meeting. All public comments are provided to the Board Members ahead of the meeting.


    Special School Board Meeting – Superintendent Search

    Vickie Cartwright
    Michael Gaal

    Please check back frequently. Significant dates in the search process will be added as they are scheduled.

  • January 2022

    Deadline for candidates to submit application materials to Ray & Associates


    Special School Board Meeting – Superintendent Search

    View List of Qualified /Recommended Candidates 

    Candidate - Phase 1 Interview Selections


  • November 2021

    11/1 thru 11/15
    Survey of qualities for the next Superintendent (Open to all stakeholders)

    11/9 and 11/10
    Ray & Associates will conduct Focus Groups with identified stakeholders via Zoom

    Ray & Associates will send out promotional flyer and application to prospective candidates; advertisements placed in state & national advertising venues