Dr. Otha L. Belcher, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Otha Belcher, Jr. began his career in education after serving his country in the U.S. Army. Currently, Dr. Belcher serves as Superintendent of Schools for the Cleveland School District. He has previously served as an assistant superintendent, curriculum and instruction director, principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher. An innovative and strategic leader, Dr. Belcher has made outstanding impacts for the organizations he has served.
As an assistant superintendent, Dr. Belcher focused on instructional practices and using data to improve teaching and learning in the eight schools within the feeder pattern. Out of those eight schools, seven increased in points, and three schools moved out of an F rating. When Dr. Belcher served as curriculum director, the number of B rated schools increased from one to five within two years. Under his leadership as a junior high principal, the school’s accountability rating moved from a low D rating to a C rating within three months, as he was hired after Christmas break. Additionally, discipline referrals decreased from over 4,000 to a little over 700 within that same period. As an assistant principal, he served on the team that moved a middle school from academic watch to high performing.
Dr. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Belhaven University, and an Education Specialist from Mississippi College. Dr. Belcher’s Doctor of Education with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction is also from Mississippi College, and his dissertation topic was the Effectiveness of a Formative Assessment Initiative in 8th Grade Math. Dr. Belcher has completed additional studies at Duke University in Online Teaching & Learning as well as Narrative Learning. He is a certified teacher and administrator for the state of Mississippi and a certified Google Educator. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.