• Dr. Grenita LathanDr. Grenita Lathan is superintendent of Missouri's largest school district, which serves 24,000 students and employs about 3,500 individuals. She began her tenure at Springfield Public Schools July 1, 2021.

    As an educational leader and advocate, Dr. Grenita Lathan focuses on enhancing public education and positively impacting students, staff and families. During her 30-year career in education, she has helped school districts improve academic achievement and implement changes to support all learners. 

    For the three years prior to joining SPS, Dr. Lathan served as interim superintendent of Houston Independent School District. HISD is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States. She joined HISD in 2015 as Chief School Officer for Elementary Transformation Schools and later served as Chief Academic Officer. Under Dr. Lathan’s leadership, HISD made significant improvements in academic achievement. 

    She is passionate about supporting philanthropic work in the community and mentoring young women to reach their personal and professional potential. She credits Girl Scouts for instilling the fundamental leadership skills and confidence that empowered her to pursue her goals.


    Houston Independent School District, Texas

    • Interim Superintendent, 2018-2021
    • Chief Academic Officer, 2016-2018
    • Chief School Officer, Elementary Transformation Schools, 2015-2016

    Peoria Public Schools, Illinois

    • Superintendent, 2010-2015

    San Diego Unified School District, California

    • Interim Deputy Superintendent, 2009-2010
    • Chief Elementary School Improvement Officer, 2008-2009


    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Workforce Education and Development

    University of North Carolina, Greensboro

    • Master of Science in Business Education

    North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro

    • Bachelor of Science in Business Education


    • Houston NAACP Educational Advocacy Award
    • Houston Top 30 Influential Women Award
    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hero Award
    • Texas Legislative Black Caucus Outstanding Texan Award
    • YWCA Outstanding Women's Award


Dr. Grenita Lathan

  • Superintendent
    1359 E. Saint Louis St.
    Springfield, MO 65802
    417-523-0391 (fax)


Last Modified on September 21, 2021