DPS Gets Interim Superintendent

District veteran now leading academics after transition manager Steven Rhodes makes interim superintendent appointment.

The Detroit Public Schools announced the selection of an interim superintendent on Monday.

Just a week after becoming the district’s new “transition” manager, retired Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes appointed Alycia Meriweather to become the district’s superintendent.  Meriweather will lead day-to-day operations in the school system’s Academics, Talent and Strategy divisions.

Rhodes, who has the powers of an emergency manager but has eschewed the title, oversees all other district operations.  He says it was important to look within DPS for qualified candidates to serve as the school system’s top academic officer.

Meriweather is a former DPS science teacher — and an alum.  She is leaving her post as the executive director of the district’s Office of Curriculum.

Click on the audio above to hear WDET’s interview with Rhodes about Meriweather’s appointment.


  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.