Oakland Schools’ Superintendent elected to lead Urban Superintendents Association of America
Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson has been elected to serve as president of the Urban Superintendents Association of America (USAA), a national organization that assists public school superintendents who oversee small- and medium-size urban school districts.
“To be elected as president of this organization is a great honor, as its goals and objectives of ensuring all students receive an equitable education no matter race, background or disability is a lifelong passion of mine,” said Dr. Cook-Robinson.
Dr. Cook-Robinson has been a member of USAA for more than 10 years. She quickly distinguished herself and was featured as one of the group’s keynote speakers at its Summer Academy in Louisville, Kentucky in 2018. She became an officer five years ago and was elected president-elect in 2019. She will take office as president of USAA on Jan. 1, 2021.
Dr. Cook Robinson has been the superintendent of Oakland Schools since July 2015. In this role, she has added her years of educational experience and vast leadership skills to support local students’ academic achievement in Oakland County’s 28 public school districts, public school academies and non-public schools.
She has received a number of accolades, both as a leader in education and as a dedicated community member, including 2019 Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Education Leadership, 2019 AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the 2018 Dr. Effie Jones Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Cook-Robinson holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University, a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Supervision from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Michigan State University.