Dr. Michael A. Grego
Michael A. Grego, Ed.D., is a visionary leader who has served as Pinellas County Schools Superintendent since 2012. A nationally recognized administrator, Dr. Grego serves as the 2020-2021 president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and was the 2018 Florida Superintendent of the Year. Under Dr. Grego’s leadership, Pinellas County Schools has earned districtwide accreditation, achieved record-high graduation rates and successfully narrowed achievement gaps between minority students and their peers. During his tenure, Pinellas has seen tremendous growth in magnet, STEM and career education programs.
Dr. Grego’s educational career spans more than 40 years. He began his career as a classroom teacher with Hillsborough County Schools, advancing to become Assistant Superintendent for Technical, Career and Adult Education, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. After serving 28 years with Hillsborough County Schools, he was selected as Superintendent of the Osceola County School District, where he was credited with dramatic academic improvements, especially for minority students. Before joining Pinellas, he served as Florida’s Interim Chancellor of K-12 Education and was an associate professor on the Educational Leadership team at the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Grego earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. He holds two master’s degrees, one in Industrial Technology Education from Illinois State University, and one in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida (USF). He earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from USF.
As Pinellas County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Grego has implemented numerous initiatives to increase learning opportunities and equity for students. Shortly after joining Pinellas, he launched an ambitious summer learning program called Summer Bridge to tackle summer learning losses. He also launched the Pinellas Talent Identification Program to expose seventh-graders to the SAT and provide targeted educational opportunities. Before implementing the PCS Connects districtwide 1:1 computer initiative, he guided the district in establishing a program that provided take-home laptops for students at Title I elementary schools.
Dr. Grego’s dynamic leadership has resulted in state and national recognition. The district was an inaugural winner of the Great Districts for Great Teachers honor for providing educators with competitive salaries and quality opportunities for professional growth. Twice during his leadership, the district earned the top score in Florida for offering the best choices for parents. Pinellas has also received national recognition for its digital curriculum and exemplary use of technology, and for preparing high school students for success in college, career and life. Two years in a row, Pinellas was named one of the Best Communities for Music Education.
Dr. Grego’s accomplishments have earned him numerous honors and awards:
- Florida Trend magazine named Dr. Grego one of its “People to Watch” in 2013 for his plan to expand summer learning opportunities. That same year, he was a finalist for the Florida Department of Education’s Florida District Data Leader of the Year Award.
- In 2014, Dr. Grego received an inaugural Whitney M. Young Jr. Leadership Award from the Pinellas County Urban League for his commitment to the community.
- In 2016, he received the USF College of Education Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The same year, he was recognized by the Board of Directors of Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services (PEMHS) with the 2016 Pacesetter award in the Special Recognition category. He was also selected as a finalist for the Green-Garner Award from the Council of the Great City Schools. The winner is considered by peers as the Urban Educator of the Year.
- In 2017, Dr. Grego was named Florida Art Education Association Superintendent of the Year. The same year Dr. Grego was selected as the Superintendent of the Year by the National School Foundation Association.
- Grego was named 2018 Florida Superintendent of the Year. The same year, Dr. Grego was chosen as the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education Superintendent of the Year.
- In 2019, he received the Education Leadership Award from the Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County for promoting educational equity for Hispanic students. The same year, Dr. Grego received the Florida Music Education Association Superintendent of the Year Award for his ardent support of music education.
- In 2020, Dr. Grego was named Administrator of the Year by the National Association for Gifted Children. The award recognized his efforts to aggressively eliminate achievement gaps and expand gifted services for minority students. In December 2020, the Tampa Bay Business Journal named Dr. Grego one of its 25 People to Watch. He was commended for his handling of the pandemic and his efforts to maintain the University of South Florida’s College of Education.
- In 2021, Dr. Grego was named Magnet Schools of America Superintendent of the Year. He was recognized for his outstanding leadership and his successful efforts to increase choices for families and make magnet programs a priority throughout the school district.