FARGO – Dr. Rupak Gandhi, Superintendent of Fargo Public Schools, has been named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year by the North Dakota Association of School Administrators through the First Student, AIG Retirement and American Association of School Administrators program Superintendent of the Year. .

The program celebrates the talent and vision of the people who run public schools across the country.

As North Dakota’s Superintendent of the Year, Gandhi will compete with winners from other states for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

Originally from California, Gandhi completed his undergraduate studies in political science at Texas A&M University.

He holds a master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

Gandhi began his career in education in the Houston Independent School District.

After serving as a special education resource teacher through Teach For America, he served as high school vice principal and elementary school principal for a campus of 750 students. After that, he served as principal of a 6A comprehensive high school serving nearly 3,000 students.

Prior to his current role, Gandhi served as Deputy Superintendent of Harrison Two School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he provided leadership and strategic direction for accountability planning, performance measurement implementation, and reporting. practices for the district.

Gandhi was hired as Fargo Schools Superintendent in March 2018.