Dr. Shumate has led the Medford School District since July 2014. Since his arrival, he has thoroughly evaluated the District and has set forth a new vision for the Medford School District. He continuously espouses that Medford will have 'A Place for Every Kid' which means that our schools should be designed in such a way that every student finds his/her place to find connections, meaning and understanding with their daily school experience, with their teachers, and with their peers. Every student should be affiliated and known for his/her strengths, aptitudes and interests so that the entire school experience is meaningful and has relevance to each student. He also has challenged all staff members to make the Medford School District 'The Premier School District in the State of Oregon!' This will require a concerted effort on behalf of all staff, students, families and community partners to improve its academic programs and offerings, its co-curricular opportunities, its community and civic involvement and its student results and outcomes. And lastly, Dr. Shumate has transformed the district logo, brand and mantra that states the 'Medford School District - LIVE.LEARN.LEAD' which emphasizes that the district plays a vital part of the fabric of the community of Medford, Oregon and has a responsibility to ensure that Medford remains a great place to Live, a great place to Learn, and a great place to train our Leaders of tomorrow!
Prior to his arrival in Medford, he served as one of six regional K-12 Assistant Superintendents for the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. He was also high school mathematics teacher, head coach, high school assistant principal, high school principal and high school liaison. Dr. Shumate received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Louisville and has also served in a variety of leadership roles in professional and civic organizations. His wife of 29 years, Dana, is a former educator and their children; Kaitlin (25) is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently a 4th year medical student at the University of Louisville and their son, Colin (22), is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and is employed by Pacific Office Automation.