MINNEAPOLIS – Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), announced
today that Michael Goar will be the new MPS chief executive officer (CEO) effective July 8. Goar is the
executive director of Generation Next, a broad-based Twin Cities nonprofit partnership dedicated to
educational excellence and narrowing the achievement gap.
As the No. 2 executive at MPS, Goar replaces Rick Mills, who recently took a superintendent’s job in Manatee
County, Fla. The CEO serves as acting superintendent in the absence of the superintendent and oversees
strategic planning, human resources and operations for the school district.
Goar grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Washburn High School. An experienced administrator,
Goar served MPS as executive director of human resources and labor relations before going on to key
leadership posts in the Memphis and Boston public schools. He was chief operating officer of Memphis City
Schools and deputy superintendent/chief operating officer of Boston Public Schools.
“I am thrilled to bring aboard someone of Michael Goar’s stature to help us reach our ambitious goals,”
Johnson said. “As an administrator, Michael brings intimate knowledge of our school district as well as the
best practices of other major school systems. In addition, his nonprofit work has given him insight into the
many other community organizations whose support is so critical to the success of our students and their
Johnson recently announced efforts to Shift the school district through an intensified focus on the priorities
that will reshape the educational experience for all students and prepare them to meet the challenges of
today and the rapidly changing future. One new priority includes the development of partnership schools for
achievement, autonomy and accountability.
“I’m proud to have been selected to help the Minneapolis Board of Education and Dr. Johnson transform the
Minneapolis Public Schools into a model of effective education in the 21st century,” Goar said. “We’re
committed to discovering the best practices, both within our system and elsewhere, and putting them in
place. With productive partnerships internally and externally, and a healthy dose of innovation, we will
improve the learning outcomes of Minneapolis students.”
Goar’s new role is in many ways a continuation of his work at Generation Next and should bode well for a
healthy partnership between the broad-based community network and the Minneapolis schools, said Kim
Nelson, president of the General Mills Foundation and co-chair of the Generation Next Leadership Council.
“We wish Michael well in his new role and thank him for building a strong foundation for Generation Next,”
Nelson said. “Many of the educational achievement issues Michael worked on with us are immediately
relevant to his work with MPS. We look forward to a close partnership as we all gather community input and
support for new approaches to narrowing the achievement gap in the Twin Cities.”
Generation Next will immediately begin a national search for a new executive director. Frank Forsberg,
senior vice president, Systems Change and Innovation for Greater Twin Cities United Way, will serve as
Interim Executive Director for Generation Next.