Mt. Vernon Community School Corp. has named Michael Raters as the interim principal for Mt. Vernon Middle School. Raters will begin his contract at the start of the second semester on Jan. 19 and serve through the remainder of the school year.
The appointment is to temporarily fill the principal position after Benjamin Williams resigned to enter the business and consulting field.
Raters most recently served as an adjunct professor at Butler University, teaching the Perspectives in Leadership course. He also is an associate vice president at Scott Healy & Associates, recruiting for university leadership positions and serving as leader of the Student Affairs and Athletics division.
Raters is a partner and the director of education and government projects with Bridge Builder Strategies, where he manages research, personnel and relationships with schools, governmental entities and partners. He led the engagement, research and recommendation effort with Faith & Action’s “Break the Cycle of Poverty” initiative as well as overseeing work with the multicultural college interns team.
“I am fortunate to be joining a community of educators and staff that are exceptionally dedicated and, most importantly, student-centered,” Raters stated. “I am eager to work with them to learn how I can be supportive of their efforts, help advance their teaching, and further the leadership of the student body. Above all else, I am excited about engaging with the students, helping to ensure they can maximize their learning during these tough but critical times in their personal development. All members of the school community can expect me to be a positive presence, one that has high expectations with a focus on maximizing our human, monetary, and technological resources to provide a fun, rewarding, and successful learning environment for all students. By doing that, I will prepare a path for the next principal to find quick and sustained success for MVMS.”
Raters was the dean of students at Wabash College from 2008 to 2019 and managed the Student Life division. During his tenure, he developed the Student Engagement and Success Office, whereby the college achieved its highest graduation rate. Prior to that appointment, he was the associate dean of students from 2004 to 2008.
Raters received his Master of Education Administration degree through Butler University and his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in teacher education from Wabash College.
MVCSC is seeking candidates for the Mt. Vernon Middle School principal position that will begin June 9. Applicants should visit mvcsc.k12.in.us/employment for additional details. Applications will be accepted prior to Feb. 19.