About the Superintendent
Dr. Brian Shumate has led the Medford School District as superintendent since July 2014. Upon his arrival, he thoroughly evaluated the district and set forth a vision for it to become 'A Place for Every Kid' to find connections, meaning and understanding with their daily school experience, teachers, and peers. He believes that every student should be affiliated and known for their strengths, aptitudes and interests so that their school experience is meaningful and relevant. He also challenges all staff members to make the Medford School District 'The Premier School District in the State of Oregon!'
Under Dr. Shumate’s leadership, the district has surpassed state averages in all content areas on Smarter Balanced assessments, with notable improvements in disadvantaged student populations. He commends the hard work of administrators, teachers, students, and families for helping narrow the achievement gap for students experiencing disabilities and English language learners. He helped lead the district to a remarkable increase in graduation rates, up over 13 percentage-points over the last three years.
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 a 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 32 years, Dana, is a former educator and is currently employed by the Rogue Workforce Partnership. Their daughter, Kaitlin (28), is currently a 3rd year medical resident at University of Louisville Hospital, and their son, Colin (25), is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and employed by Baseballism in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Shumate recognizes that it takes a community to build a successful school district. He welcomes your input and feedback. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.