Benjamin P. Edmondson
Executive Vice President
Benjamin Edmondson joined HighScope as Executive Vice President in the fall of 2018. Of his 26 years devoted to public education (K-12) serving as a teacher, principal, consultant, and superintendent, Dr. Benjamin P. Edmondson has been recognized as an exemplary educator with vision and tremendous leadership capacity that has impacted positive change. His focus continues to be on student achievement and narrowing existing achievement disparities. He is known for his abilities to empower students, mobilize community members, impact the culture and climate of institutions, and manage the talent of staff members…all with a level of respect and high expectations to improve performance standards.
In the summer of 2018, Dr. Edmondson concluded his third, successful year as the Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) before opting to transition outside of public education. While leading YCS, he modeled and molded the level of expectations among all; monitored three years of increased student achievement and growth; welcomed a visit by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder; helped facilitate the YCHS First Robotics team visit to China; assisted with the high school’s segment on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; and completely and successfully rebranded the school district while improving the District’s image throughout the County.
While attending The University of Virginia in 1988, he pledged the honorable Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in sociology in 1991, a master’s degree in educational theory and practice from The Ohio State University in 1992, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. In 2005, his dissertation, The Effects of Parental Involvement and Small Class Sizes on the Academic Achievement Gap, earned two prestigious awards, the George Brower Award for excellence in education from Eastern Michigan University and the Outstanding Dissertation from the International Society for Educational Planning where he presented his research findings in Bologna, Italy, respectively, which included the impact of the Perry Preschool project facilitated by High Scope.
Dr. Edmondson resides in Canton, Michigan and splits care for his two sons, Pierce, age 15, and Harris, age 11. He is committed to positively impacting the lives of students and families for generations to come.