Dr. Rudolph’s experience is extensive and varied. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, he served as Associate Director of School Transformation for the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood and principal of Westminster Community Charter School. The Promise Neighborhood Initiative is a five-year federally funded program that is modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, which encourages communities, which are in distress, to develop public-private partnerships. His achievements during his tenure with the Promise Neighborhood included, instituting a 1:1 learning environment, which led to recognition from President Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan at the White House; the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system, and three new curriculums that were aligned to the new national standards. He also led a redesign of the schools talent acquisition and management systems, particularly how teachers and leaders give and receive feedback that encourages positive growth.
Ayindé received his Doctorate in Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University. He also holds an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration degree from George Washington University, as well as a Master’s of Education degree in Secondary Education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wittenberg University.
In addition to Dr. Rudolph’s formal education, his varied job experience includes positions as a researcher, adjunct professor, administrator, test writer, teacher and coach. In addition to being a principal at every level, he has worked in a traditional high and middle school, a kindergarten through 8th grade elementary school, a charter school, countywide arts magnet, Title 1 and Bill and Melinda Gates funded “small” high school. In each of his positions as principal and teacher he has led dramatic turnarounds that are rooted in the idea of accountability, teamwork and world class learning practices.
Ayindé and his wife have three kids, two twin girls, who are in high school and a son who will be entering preschool in another year. His children have been his inspiration and motivate him to develop learning environments that he would be proud to engage or immerse them into. This past January (2015) Ayindé climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania to conclude his quest to raise approximately $10,000 for cancer research. He is an avid reader, a budding triathlete, and enjoys walking and running with his family’s dog.