Dr. Keith Posley – Black Men in Educational Leadership

April 29, 2021

Dr. Keith Posley, Superintendent Milwaukee Public Schools

Dr. Keith P. Posley was first named interim superintendent in May 2018 and he had a good five-month run in that position. He made an effort to introduce himself to Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee community and he also helped provide more than $11 million worth of additional funding to the schools by reconstructing the budget. In October 2018, he was unanimously elected to a full two-year term as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Although a native of Mantee, MS, Dr. Posley spent most of his career within the Milwaukee Public School system. Dr. Posley began his career as an elementary school teacher at Benjamin Franklin School in 1990. He later served as assistant principal at Forest Home Avenue Elementary School and, in 1999, was named principal of Clarke Street Elementary School. During his tenure at Clarke Street, the school received a visit from President George W. Bush, after which he was named one of eight exemplary principals selected by the president that year. He first joined the Office of School Administration in 2003 as a leadership specialist for the MPS northwest region, also served as the chief school administration officer for MPS, and as a district administrator in several capacities.

In 2000, Dr. Posley was honored by The Milwaukee Times/WISN-TV12 Black Excellence Awards. Dr. Posley was the seventh of 10 children raised by a single mother, who had just a sixth-grade education, but insisted that all her children stay in school and graduate. Unfortunately, she did not live to see her dream come true, as she died when Dr. Posley was 15 years old. But he would fulfilled his mother’s wish and earned his bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has a certificate of advanced studies in administrative leadership and a doctorate in education leadership from National Louis University.