Dr. Colbert Bio & Responsibilities
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Dr. John L Colbert

Dr. John L Colbert, Associate Superintendent for Support Services

Dr. John L Colbert, as Associate Superintendent for Support Services, provides leadership for the departments of Child Nutrition, Maintenance, and Human Resources.  A native of Rondo, Arkansas, he graduated from Barton High School in 1973 as the first African-American Valedictorian.  Attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he received a BSE in Education (1976) followed by a Master of Education in 1982.  He completed his doctorate in Education Leadership in May 2017.

In 1986, Dr. Colbert began his career in education as the first African-American Special Education Teacher at Bates Elementary in Fayetteville. He taught there in both special education (4 years) and the sixth grade (4 years) classrooms until becoming the Principal at Howard Elementary School in Ft. Smith (1984) where he worked until 1987.  Returning to work in the Fayetteville district as the first African-American Principal in 1987, Dr. Colbert served as the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School until 1995.  In 1995, Dr.  Colbert was selected to serve at the helm of the newly constructed Holcomb Elementary. In 2008 he joined the district administrative team as Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools, and is embracing his new role, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year as serving as Associate Superintendent for Support Services.

Dr. Colbert has been actively involved in a number of civic and professional groups including the Arkansas Association for Education Administrators, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, North Central Accreditation Team, Holcomb Elementary School PTA, South Washington County PTA Council, University of Arkansas Partners in Education, “Break The Mold” Schools, Arkansas A+ Advisory Council and Special Olympics.  He is the Advisor and Founder of the Northwest Arkansas King Team. He was most recently selected as Big Brother of the Year by Northwest Arkansas Big Brother Big Sisters.


Crisis Plans and Crisis Drills including flip charts
SRO Liaison
Food Service
Maintenance and Facilities
Custodial Department
Health Services
Technology Infrastructure
Facility lease agreements for the public, City of Fayetteville, and Boys and Girls Club
School Crossing Guards