Tom Boasberg serves as superintendent of 4,000-student Singapore American School, starting July 2019. SAS is one of the world’s largest, most diverse, and academically innovative international schools.
Prior to beginning at SAS he served last year as an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Tom served for 10 years as superintendent of the 94,000-student Denver Public Schools (DPS), stepping down in October 2018. As superintendent, Boasberg led dramatic improvements in opportunities and outcomes for Denver’s students. During his decade in leadership, the district’s graduation rate increased by 28 percentage points, the number of students of color graduating high school and going to college more than doubled, and the district’s dropout rate dropped by half.
At the core of Denver’s improvement was its focus on teaching, leadership and, innovation. Denver developed the nation’s largest teacher leadership initiative, opened more than 80 new district-run and charter schools, and was recognized for the strong collaboration among its district-run and charter schools. The Denver Public Schools were the focus of a Harvard Business School case study on innovation in education.
Before joining DPS, Tom served in Hong Kong and Denver as global head for corporate development for Level 3 Communications and also served as legal advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC. He began his career as a middle school teacher at a low-income school in Hong Kong’s New Territories.
Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in History from Yale College and with Distinction from Stanford Law School. At Yale he was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar.