Lewis Ferebee

Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools


Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee began his work with Indianapolis Public Schools as Superintendent in 2013 after serving the previous three years as Chief of Staff for Durham Public Schools. Dr. Ferebee reduced to zero the number of schools in Durham designated by the state as "low performing."

Prior to this, the 22-year education veteran served as Regional Superintendent for Guilford County Schools in North Carolina where he also worked as an instructional improvement officer and school principal.

Indianapolis Public Schools is becoming more agile and more capable of quickly responding to schools' specific needs. Dr. Ferebee employed transformation efforts to drive school turnaround for chronically low-performing schools and raise the district's graduation rate by fifteen percentage points.

Dr. Ferebee earned his doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University, a master's degree in school administration from The George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from North Carolina Central University. He currently serves on the Board for Gleaners Food Bank, Ascend Indiana, IUPUI's Board of Advisors, and the College Board Board of Trustees.