Dr. Quinn has been recognized nationally as a pioneer in superintendent preparation, coaching and support. In 1998, he founded the Michigan Leadership Institute and the Michigan SUPES Academy, which convened for the first time in 2000. Today, more than half of Michigan’s school superintendents have received leadership preparation through the SUPES Academy. Following the early success of the SUPES Academy, he was contracted by The Broad Foundation of Los Angeles, California, to serve as the founding Managing Director of The Broad Center for Superintendents and the Broad Superintendents Academy. This Academy focused on preparing leaders across America for the superintendency of our nation’s largest and most challenging urban districts.
At the conclusion of 2010, he completed his work with both the Institute and The Broad Center. Since that time, he has published four books on the topics of leadership, instructional leadership, governance, and the superintendent search process.
Throughout his career, Quinn has also served as an English teacher and football coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and, at age 32, was appointed Superintendent of the 20,000-student Green Bay Public Schools in Wisconsin, a position he held for almost seven years. He also served a term as Wisconsin’s Deputy State Superintendent and eight years as President of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
Quinn holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, and has been recognized with honorary doctoral degrees from Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State Universities for his leadership in the field of education.