Milwaukee Excellence Names Rodney Lynk Jr. CEO

Lynk Jr. served as interim CEO for the past four months and chief academic officer since helping found the school in 2016.

The Milwaukee Excellence board of directors today announced the promotion of Rodney Lynk Jr. to chief executive officer of the school. Lynk Jr. was a core founding member of the school as chief academic officer and assumed interim leadership of the school in September.

During Lynk Jr.’s tenure as chief academic officer, Milwaukee Excellence earned a five-star rating – the highest possible – from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction’s 2021 report card over three consecutive years. Milwaukee Excellence has also seen consistent enrollment growth since its founding, and now serves more than 700 sixth through eleventh grade students.

“We are proud of Rodney’s commitment to excellence, proven results and engaging leadership style,“ said Bill Mahler, Jr., chair of the Milwaukee Excellence board of directors. “Rodney has been an integral part of developing the mission and curriculum of Milwaukee Excellence that has led to our students’ continued growth. We are confident in a bright future for our school and students and are excited to continue working with Rodney and the leadership team to drive Milwaukee Excellence’s increasing performance and impact.”

“Serving Milwaukee’s youth through education has always been a passion of mine and I am incredibly fortunate to be in the position to work with wonderful colleagues, parents and supporters to impact so many lives,” said Lynk Jr. “My goal is to continue making Milwaukee Excellence a beacon of hope for our students and inspiring others to join our journey to elevate the prosperity to all of Milwaukee through the power of education.”

Lynk was born and raised in Milwaukee, is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering, and is currently pursuing his PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Milwaukee Excellence, Rodney was the principal at Southside Community Prep, a high achieving Rocketship Public School.

About Milwaukee Excellence

Milwaukee Excellence is a tuition-free, public charter school approved by Milwaukee Public Schools serving 700 sixth through eleventh grade students. Milwaukee Excellence has received a five-star rating from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction’s report card for three years in a row, is a 2019 National ESEA Distinguished School and is recognized as one of the top 100 Title I schools in America. To learn more, follow Milwaukee Excellence on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.