About the Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Matthew A. Wendt

Matthew Wendt, Ed.D. , Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Wendt began serving Fayetteville Public Schools on July 1, 2016. 
Dr. Wendt earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas; Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas; and Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. He earned his Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. His dissertation, which focused on teacher instruction and student learning, was named the department’s 2005 Dissertation of the Year.

The 2016-17 school year launched Dr. Wendt’s 27th year in public education. He has served multiple public school districts in several states, including Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Arkansas. He began his professional career as an English teacher and athletic coach in 1990. He served as a principal and as an assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for 10 years. 

At age 30, Dr. Wendt was the youngest school district superintendent in Kansas and is now the 11th superintendent for Fayetteville Public Schools since 1871. Dr. Wendt is the author of articles, editorials, and a national presenter on educational issues focused on student achievement, school bond referendums, system-thinking and board-superintendent-public relations. In addition to public school administration, Dr. Wendt has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the community college, four-year college and university levels. He has been a guest speaker and presenter at state and national conferences, and serves as a consultant to school districts challenged with increased student enrollment, boundary line adjustments and long-range facility planning.

For almost 20 years, Dr. Wendt has remained an active member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). In 2005, Dr. Wendt was selected as one of the six national finalists for AASA’s S.D. Shankland Scholarship Award, and in 2006, he was presented with the Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award by Pittsburg State University. Dr. Wendt is the recipient of numerous civic and other community awards, including recognitions from Chambers of Commerce, NAACP, non-profit organizations and additional professional institutions. 

In February 2015, Dr. Wendt joined only 26 Superintendents across America in receiving the first-ever National Superintendent’s Certification from AASA. He has served as a regional Superintendent’s Advisory Board member for The College Board, traveled to China and continues to remain active in local, state and national initiatives to improve school leadership, teacher instruction and student achievement.  

Dr. Wendt and his wife, Dawn, a gifted and talented education teacher, have been married 25 years. Together, they have two children: Ryan and Rachel. Ryan is a 2016 honors graduate from the University of Arkansas and a current medical student at the University of Iowa. Rachel is a junior biology major and chemistry minor at Pittsburg State University.