About Dr. Vitti
Dr. Nikolai Vitti was appointed as Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District on May 23, 2017. During Dr. Vitti’s first year, he immediately worked closely with the Detroit Board of Education by implementing a 100 day plan to evaluate, build a leadership team and begin the task of serving children and families of Detroit under a newly elected board for the first time in almost 15 years. Upon initial evaluation, the process of crafting and implementing a new strategic plan to build a foundation of processes and systems that are designed to improve the district, stabilize and increase enrollment and teacher recruitment, and raise student achievement are underway. Blueprint 2020, DPSCD’s Strategic Plan, provides the pathway, oversight and commitment made by Dr. Vitti, Board of Education, and all staff and faculty of the district.
Before arriving in Detroit, Dr. Vitti led Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the 20th largest school district in the nation with approximately 130,000 enrolled students in 200 schools, and a fiscal budget of $1.7 billion. During his four and a half years at DCPS, the district ranked among the first to fourth highest performing urban districts in the nation on the National Assessment for Education Progress. In addition, the district’s graduation rates increased from 67 percent in 2012 to 78.8 percent in 2016, surpassing all Florida urban districts in African-American graduation rates. Under Dr. Vitti’s tenure, DCPS has been recognized for its expansion of the arts, foreign languages, innovative school programming, and mental health and progressive discipline strategies. Dr. Vitti also successfully secured more than $40 million in local philanthropy to transform the district’s historically lowest performing schools with a focus on human capital and technology infusion.
Dr. Vitti was previously chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, assistant superintendent for the Miami-Dade district and deputy chancellor at the Florida Department of Education. He also served children as a principal, dean of students, and teacher. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from Wake Forest University. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.