Webb City R-7 Superintendent Ron Lankford, who is retiring June 30, has been named to a post with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The following news release was issued today:
Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro announced today that she has tapped Ron Lankford, superintendent of the Webb City School District, to be her deputy. Dr. Lankford will join the staff of the Department of Education as deputy commissioner for fiscal and administrative services, effective Aug. 1.
“Dr. Lankford will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our agency. He is highly regarded throughout the state and respected for his expertise and leadership in financial management and academic issues. The State Board of Education and I are delighted we were able to attract a leader of his caliber,” Nicastro said.
Lankford was honored earlier this year as “Superintendent of the Year” by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.
Lankford began his career as a social studies teacher and counselor in the Harrisburg School District. He joined the Webb City School District (Jasper County) in 1977 as a junior high school principal.
He served the district as junior high principal, high school principal and associate superintendent before being named superintendent in 1998. He had previously announced his plans to retire as superintendent at the end of this school year.