Fargo schools leader named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year

As the North Dakota superintendent of the year, Gandhi will be placed in competition with other states' winners for the award of National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Rupak Gandhi
Dr. Rupak Gandhi.
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FARGO — Dr. Rupak Gandhi, Fargo Public Schools superintendent, has been named the North Dakota Superintendent of the Year by the North Dakota Association of School Administrators as part of the First Student, AIG Retirement and American Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year Program.

The program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the people who lead the nation’s public schools.

As the North Dakota Superintendent of the Year, Gandhi will be placed in competition with other states' winners for the award of National Superintendent of the Year.

A California native, Gandhi completed his undergraduate studies in political science at Texas A&M University.

He holds a master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and he achieved a doctorate in educational leadership from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.


Gandhi began his career in education in the Houston Independent School District.

After serving as a special education resource teacher through Teach For America, he served as a high school assistant principal and an elementary principal for a campus of 750 students. After that, he was the principal of a comprehensive 6A high school serving nearly 3,000 students.

Prior to his current role, Gandhi served as an assistant superintendent for Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he provided leadership and strategic direction for accountability planning, implementation of performance measurements and reporting of practices for the district.

Gandhi was hired as superintendent of schools in Fargo in March 2018.

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