Dr. Anthony Lewis

Superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, Kansas

Dr. Anthony Lewis began his career as a Special Education Teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. After which, he was appointed to Assistant Principal then became an awarding winning Principal of E. D. Nixon Elementary School. While at E. D. Nixon, the school became a two-time Alabama Torchbearer School during the 2007-2008 school year – one of only nine in the state and again during the 2010- 2011 school year – one of only eleven in the state. This is a prestigious award given by the State of Alabama recognizing high poverty schools (97% poverty rate at Nixon) where 90% or more of the students exceed national and state averages assessments. 

Because of his successes in Alabama, he was heavily recruited to work in the Kansas City, Missouri School District, one of the lowest-performing districts in the nation. He was the Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership for the Kansas City Public Schools. The District made unbelievable academic strides. Anthony received a B. S. degree in Special Education; M.Ed degree in Special Education; and a degree in Educational Leadership from Alabama State University. Anthony received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2013. 

In 2017, Dr. Lewis was selected, completed, and received certification from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA)/The School Superintendents Association’s Urban Superintendents Academy in partnership with Howard University. 

Currently, he is the Superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence Public Schools in the 7th largest school district in the state, 2nd largest employer in the city, and serves nearly 12,000 students in 21 schools. 

In November 2019, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly appointed Dr. Lewis to the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. The commission devises strategies to address the public policy concerns of the African American community through partnerships with state agencies, corporations and foundations. In June 2020, Governor Kelly also appointed Dr. Lewis to the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. The Commission is tasked with studying issues of racial equity and justice in Kansas and began its work focusing on law enforcement-community relations.

Dr. Lewis is also the Co-Author of the book entitled It Was All a Dream: If You Can Dream It, You Can Make It Happen. He is a Co-Founder of TDI, Inc. (Turning Dreams Into Realities) a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentoring to young high school and college students.