Superintendent's Biography

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Photo of SuperintendentDr. Sheldon "Shelley" Berman is the 26th superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in Eugene, Oregon.

A school superintendent for nearly two decades, Dr. Berman has led both larger and smaller school districts. He served as the superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2007 to 2011. As the 28th largest school district in the United States, Jefferson County serves nearly 100,000 students in more than 150 schools.

For the previous 14 years, from 1993 to 2007, Dr. Berman served as superintendent of the Hudson Public Schools, a district of 3,000 students outside of Boston, Massachusetts. During his time in Hudson, Dr. Berman guided a school system with declining enrollment and poor academic performance to become recognized statewide for excellence. He was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year in 2002.

Dr. Berman began his education career as a social studies teacher in 1975. He holds a Doctor of Education and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Berman has published numerous books, articles and curriculum materials on critical thinking, service learning, the development of social responsibility, and innovation in math, science and technology. He serves on the boards of numerous educational and community organizations, including Educators for Social Responsibility, the Muhammad Ali Center and Fund for the Arts.