• Ex-Officio Director - Dr. Mark Miles

  • Dr. Mark Miles
  • Dr. Mark Miles

    Rockwood School District

    Dr. Mark Miles has more than 25 years in public education, serving since 2019 as superintendent of the highly rated Rockwood School District in St. Louis County, Missouri. In this role, he has provided leadership and direction for educational continuity during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Miles has a reputation for championing a united vision of academic excellence and student development, improving student performance in high‐achieving districts and ensuring the effective and efficient use of fiscal resources. He understands the importance of community engagement and encourages a participatory, team-focused leadership style. A native Missourian, Dr. Miles is pleased to serve the students, staff, parents and community members of the Rockwood School District.


    Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri‐Columbia

    Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia

    Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Missouri‐Columbia

    Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary Social Studies Education, University of Missouri‐Columbia

    Professional Experience

    2019-present: Superintendent, Rockwood School District - St. Louis County, MO

    2012-2019: Superintendent, Indian Hill Exempted Village School District - Cincinnati, Ohio

    2010-2012: Deputy Superintendent, Park Hill School District - Kansas City, MO

    2007-2010: Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement, Park Hill School District

    2005-2007: Assistant to the Superintendent, Park Hill School District

    2002-2005: Principal, Plaza Middle School, Park Hill School District

    2000-2002: Graduate Research Assistant - Middle Level Leadership Center & the National Study of Leadership in Middle Level Schools, University of Missouri‐Columbia

    1999-2000: Administrative Assistant, Oakland Junior High School, Columbia Public Schools

    1995-1999: Social Studies Teacher, Smithton Middle School/West Junior High School,  Columbia Public Schools


    Dr. Miles and his wife, Rebekah, have three children. Their son, Leighton, works as a national technology consultant in Kansas. Their daughter, Sydney, attends the University of Alabama, and their daughter, Natalie, attends the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He enjoys spending time with family, reading and attending school events and activities.  Fitness is also an important part of his life, including walking and running.


    • Ohio Superintendent Leadership Institute (2015)

    • James Williamson Award for Achievement in Quality (2011)

    • KC Business Magazine Rising Star (2011)

    • Park Hill School District Office Spirit Award (2010)

    • College of Education High Flyer Award – University of Missouri – Columbia (2002)

    • Neil C. Aslin Memorial Fund Award (2001)

    • Walter Scott Monroe Research Fellowship (2001)

    • Missouri Division of Learning Disabilities Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding

    • General Educator Award (1998)

    • MACTE Beginning Teacher Award (1996)

    • James Madison Memorial Fellow (1993 – 1994)

    • Curatorʹs Scholar ‐ University of Missouri‐Columbia (1989 – 1993)


    Miles, M., & Klein, J. (2011). Three small steps…One giant leap. American Society for Quality Primary and
    Secondary Education Brief, Volume 4, Number 2.

    Brooks, J. S., & Miles, M. T. (2006). From scientific management to social justice…and back again?
    Pedagogical shifts in the study and practice of educational leadership. International Electronic Journal for
    Leadership in Learning, Volume 10, Number 21.

    Brooks, J. S., & Miles, M. T. (2006). Logic, history, use of. In F. W. English (Ed.), Sage encyclopedia of
    educational leadership and administration (pp. 623‐625). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    Miles, M. T. (2003). Stranger in a strange land: School culture, theory, and practice. In Andrews, P. G. &
    Anfara, Jr., V. A. (eds.), Leaders for a Movement: Professional Preparation and Development of Middle Level
    Teachers and Administrators. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.