PSU alum named a Top Superintendent to Watch

At age 35, Ryan Carpenter is the youngest superintendent in Oregon. He coauthored two recent books and was just named a top “Superintendent in the U.S. to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association.

This year, he completed the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Portland State University, but he’s still not sure he wants to be called Dr. Carpenter.

His leadership of the Estacada School District’s state-of-the-art communications and technology strategy led to the award. The district uses a multi-platform strategy based on people first — social media to communicate with parents, a live streaming town hall every week in English and Spanish, parent satisfaction surveys, and a data-driven approach to improvement. 

Read Ryan’s story on the College of Education blog.


Portland State’s College of Education is recognized as the largest, most innovative, and most diverse school of education in Oregon, offering over 40 programs and a 92% immediate employment rate. Degrees, licensing pograms, grad certificates and training programs are offered across four departments: Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy, and Special Education.

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