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EPIC Superintendents Academy

 Educators Preparing Inspired Change | Butler University | IAPSS

Certification in Education Leadership Excellence

Butler University and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS), in collaboration with the College of Education and the Lacy School of Business, proudly presents EPIC, a groundbreaking leadership excellence program for Indiana’s Public School Superintendents.  EPIC is designed to position Superintendents for dynamic leadership in their districts.  Based on the feedback provided by superintendents throughout the state, the experience will build skill in many areas including:

  • Strategy Development
  • Budgeting/Finance
  • Change Management
  • Community/Stakeholder Outreach
  • Building a High Performance Team
  • Board Relations

Superintendent Leadership Excellence

Budget cuts, increased class sizes, and socioeconomic conditions require our public school superintendents operate in an environment of rapid change and uncertainty.  EPIC, an executive-level program and led by experts from various areas, will support Superintendents transformative growth in leadership to thrive in this new reality.  Our partners at Butler University’s Executive Education and College of Education have a rich history of developing customized programming where the participants are making progress on real challenges for their districts while developing a collaborative network with other Superintendents participating in the program. 

The program is scheduled for six (6), one-day sessions* over a ten (10) month timeframe with intercession work between sessions and space is limited to 24 Superintendents per cohort. The first meeting date is August 26, 2021.  Along with accredited PGP hours, Superintendents who complete EPIC will receive certification through Butler University.

Conference Dates, Costs, and Registration


We are offering the cohort pricing of $2,500 per Superintendent.  Final application date is August 1, 2021.

*Conference dates are 8am-4pm on the following dates: 


Location: Butler University

To register for the EPIC Superintendents Academy, please visit:

Meeting Dates:

  • August 26, 2021, Session 1
  • September 30, 2021, Session 2
  • November 18, 2021, Session 3
  • January 20, 2022, Session 4
  • March 3, 2022, Session 5
  • May 4 and 5, 2022, Session 6
    • May 4, 6 – 9 pm, Meeting and Celebration
    • May 5, 8 – 1 pm, Presentations and Awards

WHY EPIC? | Video Testimonials

Hear from EPIC cohort 1 participants and facilitators about the EPIC Superintendents Academy and why you should think of joining! 

Debbie Howell  

Superintendent, Franklin County Community School Corporation, Cohort 1  

Scott Olinger '85 MS '89

Superintendent, Plainfield Community School Corporation, Cohort 1

Dr. J.T. Coopman

Executive Director, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS)
Co-facilitator for EPIC Superintendents Academy

Dr. Jeff Butts

President, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS)
Co-facilitator for EPIC Superintendents Academy
Superintendent, Metropolitan School District (MSD) Wayne Township



December 20, 2017:  Sixteen School Superintendents Participate in Butler University’s Educators Preparing Inspired Change (EPIC) Program


Please contact Cindy Smith at for additional information.

Download the EPIC Information Flyer (PDF)