SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL MUÑOZ
An advocate for providing high-quality education for all children, Mr. Michael Muñoz started his tenure as Superintendent of Rochester Public Schools on July 1, 2011. Mr. Muñoz worked collaboratively with staff, students, and the community to develop a five-year strategic plan with a mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower all students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of a global community. Board members and stakeholders describe Mr. Muñoz as having extensive knowledge of all academic programs and services, as an advocate -for high achievement for all, as an excellent communicator, and as a visionary leader. He engages the community, is collaborative in his work, and is highly respected by his staff as a productive and positive leader.
In his time at Rochester Public Schools, Mr. Muñoz has focused on increasing graduation rates, college enrollment, and the number of students on track to graduate college-ready. During his tenure, Mr. Muñoz has led through collaboration and by focusing on the mission of the district. He works hard to develop and nurture relationships between all stakeholders and is steadfast in giving voice to faculty, staff, students, and the community. In his 40 plus years in education, Mr. Muñoz has been a strong supporter and facilitator of partnerships between schools, businesses, and the community.
Mr. Muñoz serves on numerous Boards and Councils, including Minnesota Chicano Latino Affairs Council, Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges, United Way of Olmsted County, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce 2020 Coalition, Mayo Clinic Community Engagement, and Steering Committee Rochester Area Economic Growth.
Mr. Muñoz began his career as a teacher in the state of Nebraska before moving to Iowa to become an elementary and secondary school counselor. He held administrative and executive positions in rural, suburban, and urban districts.
Born and raised in Lexington, Nebraska, Mr. Muñoz earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska, a master's degree in Developmental Counseling and administrative certification from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a superintendent’s credential and Certificate of Advanced Studies from Iowa State University.