Dr. Matt Akin has been an educator for over twenty-five years.  He was superintendent of Piedmont City Schools from June, 2003 to March, 2017 and began serving as Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools in March, 2017.

Dr. Akin has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Samford University, a Master of Arts degree in Administration Certification, and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Alabama.

During Dr. Akin’s tenure as superintendent, Piedmont City Schools was recognized nationally for its innovative practices in education.  U.S. News & World Report named Piedmont High School one of “America’s Best High Schools” for ten consecutive years, from 2007 – 2016.  It was also named as the second “Most Connected High School” in the country by U.S. News & World Report and an “Apple Distinguished School” by Apple Computer. The U.S. Department of Education recognized Piedmont High School with the prestigious “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” award.  In addition, Piedmont Elementary School and Piedmont High School were recognized as CLAS Banner Schools during Dr. Akin’s tenure.  In 2014, Piedmont Middle School was one of two schools in the Southeast that were recognized as a Verizon “Innovative Learning School."

Dr. Akin was named one of ten national “Tech Savvy Superintendents” in 2011 by e-School News and was also listed as one of “Twenty to Watch” in Educational Technology by the National Association of School Boards.  Most recently, in 2016, he was named by EdWeek as a national “Leader to Learn From."

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