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Broward County Public Schools appoints experienced educator Dr. Howard Hepburn as new superintendent following Dr. Licata’s retirement


Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has announced the appointment of Dr. Howard Hepburn as the new Superintendent of Schools, marking a significant leadership transition for one of Florida’s largest school districts. This change follows the unexpected retirement announcement from Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata, who cited medical reasons for his departure. The transition took effect immediately after the Broward County School Board’s approval during their meeting on April 16, 2024.

A Seamless Transition

Dr. Hepburn steps into his new role with an extensive background in educational leadership within the district. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, he significantly contributed to BCPS as the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. His rich career in education spans over two decades, during which he has held various positions including instructional superintendent, classroom teacher, principal, assistant principal, coach, and dean.

School Board Chair Lori Alhadeff expressed gratitude towards Dr. Licata for his dedication and service, emphasizing the community’s understanding and support for his decision to prioritize his health and family. Alhadeff warmly welcomed Dr. Hepburn, highlighting the board’s confidence in his ability to lead the district forward.

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Commitment to Excellence

In his acceptance remarks, Dr. Hepburn thanked the School Board for their trust and expressed his enthusiasm for his new role. “As Superintendent, my focus remains on moving our District to an ‘A’ grade and ensuring all students receive a world-class education,” stated Dr. Hepburn. He outlined his strategic priorities, which include closing achievement gaps, increasing student access to accelerated courses, and implementing effective strategies to support continuous student achievement.

Dr. Hepburn holds a Bachelor of Science in Science Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. He also earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Florida Southern College.

As Dr. Hepburn assumes his new role, BCPS looks forward to a period of sustained growth and achievement under his leadership, building on the solid foundation laid by his predecessor. The district remains committed to its mission of providing high-quality education and fostering an environment where every student achieves at their highest potential.

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