Associate Superintendents

Picture of Dr. Steven Weber, Associate Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
Dr. Steven Weber

Dr. Steven Weber, Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

Dr. Steven Weber, Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, serves the district as Chief Academic Officer, providing leadership and direction for district curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability, including all academic departments.

Dr. Weber previously served as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His previous experience includes roles as principal, Director of Secondary Instruction, Social Studies Specialist, and elementary teacher. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University in 2016 and a master’s in educational administration from Arkansas State University in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock in 1996. He holds both Superintendent and Principal credentials. Dr. Weber is a native of Springdale, Arkansas and is a graduate of Springdale High School.

He was elected in 2015 to serve on the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Board of Directors, and in 2014 he was elected Vice President of North Carolina chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Weber is the co-founder of Edcamp Elon, widely published in ASCD SmartBrief, and writes an education blog that has garnered over 34,000 hits. He was selected one of the “25 North Carolina Educators to Follow” on twitter (@curriculumblog).

Picture of John L Colbert, Associate Superintendent for Support Services
Dr. John L Colbert

Dr. John L Colbert, Associate Superintendent for Support Services

Dr. John L Colbert, as Associate Superintendent for Support Services, provides leadership for the departments of Child Nutrition, Maintenance, and Human Resources.  A native of Rondo, Arkansas, he graduated from Barton High School in 1973 as the first African-American Valedictorian.  Attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he received a BSE in Education (1976) followed by a Master of Education in 1982.  He completed his doctorate in Education Leadership in May 2017.

In 1986, Dr. Colbert began his career in education as the first African-American Special Education Teacher at Bates Elementary in Fayetteville. He taught there in both special education (4 years) and the sixth grade (4 years) classrooms until becoming the Principal at Howard Elementary School in Ft. Smith (1984) where he worked until 1987.  Returning to work in the Fayetteville district as the first African-American Principal in 1987, Dr. Colbert served as the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School until 1995.  In 1995, Dr.  Colbert was selected to serve at the helm of the newly constructed Holcomb Elementary. In 2008 he joined the district administrative team as Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools, and is embracing his new role, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year as serving as Associate Superintendent for Support Services.

Dr. Colbert has been actively involved in a number of civic and professional groups including the Arkansas Association for Education Administrators, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, North Central Accreditation Team, Holcomb Elementary School PTA, South Washington County PTA Council, University of Arkansas Partners in Education, “Break The Mold” Schools, Arkansas A+ Advisory Council and Special Olympics.  He is the Advisor and Founder of the Northwest Arkansas King Team. He was most recently selected as Big Brother of the Year by Northwest Arkansas Big Brother Big Sisters.

Dr. Larry Ben
Dr. Larry Ben
Dr. Larry Ben, Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services 

Dr. Larry Ben joined Fayetteville Public Schools on July 1, 2017 as the Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services. Departments within the Division of Administrative Services include student services, policy development, strategic planning, human resources, and legal services.

Dr. Ben previously served as Superintendent of Schools for the Greenland School District, a position he held since July 2014. Previously, he served as superintendent in the Decatur School District, as principal and assistant principal in the Rogers School District, and as the Federal programs director and athletic director in Gravette.

Dr. Ben earned a bachelor’s of science in education and a master’s of education in school administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.  He earned both his specialist and doctorate of education in educational leadership degrees from the University of Arkansas.

During his tenure at Greenland Dr. Ben redesigned the middle school to institute grade level teams of teachers and students and oversaw completion of construction of a new athletic complex. While at Decatur he helped raise the student ACT performance, and the high school was awarded a Bronze Medal as one of the “Nation’s Best High Schools” by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Ben also has over 16 years of experience as a classroom teacher and coach.