Meet Dr. Kriner Cash

Dr. Kriner Cash is presently the superintendent of Memphis City Schools, Tennessee's largest school district with more than 110,000 students. He has led the district since 2008.

Dr. Cash's work in Memphis has focused on addressing what he calls systemic fault lines that hold students back, such as pre-K literacy, retention and over-age for grade, teacher effectiveness and college readiness.

Under his leadership, Memphis was one of three urban districts nationally to win a seven-year, $90 million grant to execute its teacher-effectiveness initiative.

The district has also made achievement gains in elementary, middle and high school math, 10th-grade English and in fifth-, eighth- and 11th-grade writing assessments. The graduation rate has increased to an historic high of 72.6 percent.

Dr. Cash came to Memphis from Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, where he served for four years as the chief of accountability and system-wide performance. He designed and developed a human capital performance-management system there.

He has also served as superintendent of Martha's Vineyard Public Schools in Massachusetts, as a dean, director and professor at Howard University's School of Education, and as department chair, director and professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Cash earned his doctor of education degree in cultural diversity and curriculum reform from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds a master's in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Princeton University.

He is widowed with three grown sons.