Michael Goar named public schools CEO

Goar replaces Rick Mills, who left the district in February

Michael Goar Credit: Submitted image

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson on Monday named Washburn High School alumnus Michael Goar the district’s new CEO.

Goar most recently served as executive director of Generation Next, a local public-private partnership that advocates a “cradle-to-career” education strategy for closing the achievement gap. Before joining Generation Next, Goar was a deputy superintendent with Boston Public Schools working under former Minneapolis superintendent Carol Johnson.

Goar’s appointment fills a vacancy created in February when former CEO Rick Mills was hired as superintendent of Florida’s Manatee County schools. Mills was originally hired as a deputy superintendent in June 2011 but lacked a superintendent’s license and was kept on in the district’s no. 2 position with a different title.

The district reports that the CEO’s responsibilities include strategic planning, human resources and district operations. The CEO also takes over for the superintendent in her absence.

Goar was born in South Korea and moved to Minneapolis at age 10. He attended district schools and later worked for the district as executive director of its human resources department.

Before joining Carol Johnson in Boston, Goar worked as chief operating officer of the Memphis public school system under her leadership.

According to the district statement announcing Goar’s hiring, Frank Forsberg of Greater Twin Cities United Way will lead Generation Next while the organization searches for a new executive director.