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EPIC Superintendents Academy






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 twelve (12) month timeframe with intercession work between sessions and space is limited to 24 Superintendents per cohort. The first meeting date is February 7, 2019.  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 $3,500 per Superintendent and also offering an early registration price of $2,500 if application is received by November 1, 2018. **EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 15, 2018!**  Final application date is December 15, 2018.

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

February 7
April 11
June 6
August 8
October 10
December 12

Location: Butler University

To register for the EPIC Superintendents Academy, please visit:


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

COHORT 2 Dates

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

January 11
March 8
May 10
July 12
September 13
November 15

Location: Butler University

Please contact Cindy Smith at for additional information.

Download the EPIC Information Flyer (PDF)