Mark Sullivan

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Mark Sullivan

Mark A. Sullivan (born c. 1966 in Birmingham) is superintendent of Birmingham City Schools.

Sullivan grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Woodlawn High School. He completed a bachelor of science in elementary education at Alabama A&M University and a master's in education at Alabama State University. He has since completed an educational specialist degree and a doctorate in educational leadership at UAB.

Sullivan began his career teaching fifth graders at Dupuy Elementary School and later taught math at Center Street Middle School. He was appointed principal of Spaulding Elementary School, and then promoted to the system's central office as an area director. He served as interim principal of Elyton Elementary School, principal of Glen Iris Elementary School, Phillips Academy, and Ramsay High School. He also served as an interim assistant superintendent, academic officer and chief of staff.

Sullivan also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and volunteered with Alpha Phi Alpha, the 100 Black Men of Birmingham and the Boy Scouts of Central Alabama. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the National Association of Black School Educators, and the National Education Association.

Sullivan has one daughter, Morgan. In 2023 Sullivan denied rumors that he was involved in a romantic relationship with a member of the Board of Education. In September of that year the board gave him an evaluation score of 1.8 out of 3, which was defined as "meeting expectations."

Preceded by:
Mark Sullivan (interim)
Superintendent of Birmingham City Schools
September 1, 2020
Succeeded by:


  • "Birmingham Board of Education names new superintendent." (August 31, 2020) The Birmingham News
  • Crain, Trisha Powell (March 2, 2023) "Birmingham superintendent denies dating school board member, retains lawyer."
  • Harksen, Lauren (September 26, 2023) "Birmingham Board of Education releases superintendent evaluation."

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