Book Review

The Superintendent of the Future: Strategy and Action for Achieving Academic Excellence


Reviewed by Charles W. Rudiger
Professor of Leadership and Technology, Dowling College, Oakdale, N.Y.

 

In The Superintendent of the Future: Strategy and Action for Achieving Academic Excellence, Robert R. Spillane and Paul Regnier examine the ideas that have motivated our actions in the past and, with the help of a dozen contemporary practitioners and theorists, outline what the superintendent of the 21st century will need to know and do to survive and, perchance, to flourish.

Educational leaders of the Third Millennium and their teachers have much to learn from this text. Spillane, a recent recipient of the Superintendent of the Year honor, urges us to become latter-day Renaissance persons by continuously broadening our intellectual and experiential horizons, consistent with W. Edwards Deming’s concept of profound knowledge. This will enable us to connect the life of the mind with the life of the school yard, classroom and board room.

The Superintendent of the Future describes a reflective and profoundly educated man or woman of affairs who is comfortable in the real world of practice and the realm of ideas. This book should be on the short reading list of anyone concerned with the future of American education and its leadership.

(The Superintendent of the Future: Strategy and Action for Achieving Academic Excellence, by Robert A. Spillane and Paul Regnier, Aspen Publishers, Gaithersburg, Md., 1998, 295 pp. with index, $53.50 hardcover)