Welcome New Superintendent

24 Jun, 2019

Welcome, Dr. Arthur!

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Dr. Jay Arthur

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Board of School Trustees for the MSD of Martinsville voted to confirm Dr. Jay Arthur as our new superintendent of schools. Dr. Arthur will begin his role on July 1st.

“The MSD of Martinsville is very excited to welcome Dr. Jay Arthur to our district”, stated Debbie Lipps, president, Board of School Trustees.  “Dr. Arthur has the knowledge-base, personality, work ethic, and people skills to support our mission and vision to take Martinsville to the next greatest level.  We welcome him to the MSD Family!”

The selection was made with the assistance of The University Placement Team who facilitated the search. The Team was created over fifty years ago and is comprised of four (4) state universities: Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana State University, and Purdue University, for the purpose of “helping school districts select the best possible superintendent to serve their communities,” stated Dr. Terry McDaniel, member, Indiana State University.


The University Placement Team is comprised of faculty from each of the school’s Educational Leadership department and Superintendent Training program and have served as superintendents. Their service was free to our district, minus expenses for travel.. Jay Arthur comes to the MSD of Martinsville from Carmel Clay Schools.  He has held central office positions as both the Director of Special Services and the Director of Student Services dating back to 2008 in Carmel, and other central office positions in nearby districts since 2002.  Throughout Dr. Arthur’s career, his focus has been on innovative best practice, building solid relationships, and ultimately keeping students at the heart of every decision.

“I’m absolutely thrilled and feel extremely lucky to become a member of the Martinsville family”, stated Dr. Arthur. “This is an amazing opportunity to lead the M.S.D. of Martinsville toward new levels of greatness for our students!  I can’t wait to return home to an area close to my roots to support and expand all the excellent things we can do together as a school district and community!  Go Artesians!”

Prior to his leadership role in Carmel, he has been employed by the MSD of Pike Township Schools, The MSD of Lawrence Township Schools, Muncie Community Schools, and the Indiana Department of Education.  He started his career at Mary Castle Elementary where he taught students with the most significant disabilities.  He additionally held the role as a K-12 itinerant teacher supporting students with orthopedic impairments at both Lawrence and Pike.

During his time with the Indiana Department of Education, Dr. Arthur was the project manager of the grant overseeing the state’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) system, ISTART7, as well as Indiana Standards Tools for Alternative Reporting (ISTAR) and the Indiana Curriculum and Assessment Network (ICAN).

He graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Special Education, more specifically Severe Disabilities, and later an M.A. in Counseling Psychology focusing on diversity.  His love for education continued as he attended Indiana University to become a licensed Special Education Director.  Finally, he completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Studies also at Indiana University – Bloomington, culminating in a Superintendent License.

During his tenure with Carmel, he has worked diligently to put structures and procedures into place to ensure students are provided with what they need to excel.  He firmly believes in the unified systems approach; further breaking down both thought and funding silos for the district.  It is through these sorts of practices, sharing of resources, sharing of knowledge, that he sees the most sustainable change across the district, ultimately benefitting kids.  These are attributes he will bring to Martinsville to make an already great district even better!

Dr. Arthur lives by two inner monologues, “Do the right thing; treat people right,” and “Thoughtful always outweighs traditional.”  He believes honesty and integrity are at the helm of good leadership, and he practices both every day in his decision making for the students and families he serves.

On a personal level, Dr. Arthur is a ten year 4-H Member, who continues to be involved in Purdue Extension activities, most specifically by way of his work with youth at the Indiana State Fair.  He can often be seen driving a 1940’s fire engine in the daily evening parade.

He is originally from the northern part of Monroe County and grew up near the Morgan-Monroe line.  His roots are deep in Southern Indiana and he is glad to be back closer to family where he can more easily be a part of extended family events and the ability to watch his nieces and nephews grow.  In his spare time, he likes to focus on wellness by cycling, running, swimming, and lifting weights.  He also enjoys any opportunity to take a road trip and explore different areas of the United States with particular interests in beach and mountain towns!