Dr. Joe Fisher serves as the Superintendent of Clinton School District located in Van Buren County, Arkansas. As the Superintendent, Dr. Fisher’s primary role is to serve as the Chief Executive Officer overseeing all district operations, personnel, and instruction in accordance with the rules, regulations, and policies of the Arkansas State Board of Education. Dr. Fisher began his service in the Clinton School District on July 1, 2018.
Experience: Throughout his career, Dr. Fisher has gained a broad range of educational experience, culminating in his most recent appointment as Superintendent of Clinton School District. Dr. Fisher brings extensive administrative experience and knowledge of educational services and will continue to work with the Clinton School District to take the steps necessary to ensure that all students successfully graduate and are ready for college, or career opportunities.
The Little Rock, Arkansas native began his teaching career in 1993 as a Secondary School Choral Music Teacher in the Dardanelle (AR) School District. He also drove a school bus route and coached tennis during his six-year teaching tenure. In 1999, Dr. Fisher was named the Outstanding Junior High Choral Director of the Year for the West-central Region of Arkansas.
In 1999, Dr. Fisher was appointed to the role of Assistant Principal in the Mountain Home (AR) School District and later promoted to the position of Middle School Principal in 2000. While in Mountain Home, Dr. Fisher was selected as the President of the Arkansas Association of Middle-level Educators (AAMLE) in 2005 and was later named to the AAMLE “Schools to Watch” Executive Board of Directors.
In 2006, Dr. Fisher was selected to be the first Principal of Bethel Middle School in the Bryant (AR) School District. Arkansas’ first “green-designed” school and silver-level LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified school, Bethel Middle School was named as the Arkansas “Middle School of the Year” in 2010. From 2006-2010, Dr. Fisher served in various state educational leadership roles including President of the Arkansas Association of Middle-level Administrators (AAMLA) and the Arkansas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (AASCD).
Dr. Fisher worked with the Arkansas Leadership Academy “School Support Unit” as a Capacity Builder from 2010-2014 and in the Education Department of Central Baptist College (Conway, AR) in 2014-15.
Community Service: As an active community member, Dr. Fisher presently serves as a member of the Clinton Area Rotary Club. He formerly served on the Kiwanis Club Board of Directors in Mountain Home (AR) and as President of the Atkins (AR) Lions Club. He currently serves as a Lay Minister for several United Methodist churches across Arkansas.
Education: Dr. Fisher earned his Bachelors of Art degree in Choral Music Education (1993), his Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership (1999), and his Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership (2009) all from Arkansas Tech University. In 2017, he completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville.
Awards/Honors: In 2006, Dr. Fisher was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Governor’s Task Force on Best Practices for Afterschool and Summer Programs. He was later recognized in 2010 as a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
Personal: Dr. Fisher has been married to his wife Amy L. Fisher since 1994 and has two sons, who are enrolled in the Clinton School District. Both are actively involved in academic, and athletic, and community activities. This is Dr. Fisher’s 25th year to serve as an educational leader in Arkansas.