Addison Davis is the Acting Superintendent of Schools for Hillsborough County Public Schools where he took office in March 2020. He believes in putting students’ best interests at the heart of all decision-making, goal-based management, and building a school system that embraces the entire community.
Addison Davis’ experience in transforming schools has resulted in increased student achievement in large urban and mid-size suburban Florida school districts. Before arriving in Hillsborough County, he served as the Superintendent of Schools for Clay County. Under his leadership, the Clay County School District had dramatic improvements across all academic performance metrics outlined by the Florida Department of Education. Additionally, Clay County’s graduation rate rose 7.2 percentage points where he has eliminated the achievement gap for students of color and improved Clay’s academic state rankings from 20th in the state to 8th.
Prior to his responsibilities as Superintendent of Schools in Clay County, he was the Chief of Schools for the Duval County Public School System which is the nation’s 20th largest school district serving over 120,000 students. He worked for Duval County Schools for eighteen years, starting as a teacher, moving to an Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director of Turnaround, Middle School Cluster Chief, and Region Superintendent.
In December of 2019, Addison Davis was named the Sunshine State Public Relations Association’s 2019 Superintendent Communicator of the Year and runner-up for Florida Superintendent of the Year. Within his first year in Clay County, he was named a 2017-2018 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association. This award recognizes superintendents for their dynamic, fast-paced leadership and strong communication skills.
Addison Davis was born and raised in northeast Florida and has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University. He and his lovely wife Natalie have two daughters, Madisyn and Kaitlyn.