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Dr. Sue Carnell - Chief Deputy Superintendent

Sue Carnell

Dr. Carnell serves as chief deputy superintendent to Dr. Michael F. Rice, state superintendent at the Michigan Department of Education. Dr. Carnell has over 40 years of experience in educational and governmental settings. 

In education, she has been Superintendent of the Westwood Community School District; Deputy Superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools; and Assistant Director of Special Education and principal for the Southgate Community School District. 

Her government experiences include serving as director of the Office of School Excellence and the Office of Community Services at the Michigan Department of Education.  She also served as the education policy advisor for former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and worked as group executive for former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. 

Dr. Carnell has also been a Fellow in The Institute for Educational Leadership's Education Policy Fellowship Program and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

She has a bachelor's degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a master's degree, and Ph.D. from Eastern Michigan University.