Michael Goar

Acting Superintendent
Minneapolis Public Schools

Michael Goar is the latest occupant of the hottest seat in Minneapolis’ public sector—the superintendent’s chair of the public schools. And to make the seat even hotter, his occupancy may be more temporary than most. Goar, most recently the district’s second in command, is a candidate for the permanent role after No. 2 roles in the Boston and Memphis public schools. The forceful exec has already clashed with the school board over a multimillion-dollar swimming pool project, but many suggest his take-charge leadership style may appeal to a school board desperate for solutions to the district’s stubborn achievement gap.