As Superintendent at the Syosset Central School District in New York, Dr. Carole Hankin has brought the arts to the forefront. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to creating opportunities for students in the district and specifically to making art a priority. Under Dr. Hankin’s leadership, Syosset Central School District won the 14th annual Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association award for outstanding support of arts education. Dr. Carole Hankin has taken many steps in order to develop a comprehensive approach to the arts at all 10 schools in the district. Starting as early as kindergarten and first grade, the Syosset Central School District offers students instruction in both music and the visual arts. Middle school students are required to take both visual arts and music courses every year. High school students also can earn AP credit for art and music. As evidence of its diverse curriculum, the district's high school dance program includes course offerings in ballet, modern dance, jazz, and tap. Reaching out to the many cultural resources in the area, Dr. Carole Hankin possesses relationships with some of the most respected cultural institutions in New York City. Partnering with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Opera, International Vocal Arts Institute, and the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Dr. Hankin affords students and staff the chance to interact with practicing arts professionals. At a time when many other districts have reduced funding for the arts, Dr. Carole Hankin has insisted on supporting them. Overall, Dr. Hankin has approved an in-depth curriculum that offers students the opportunity to participate in 63 courses in the disciplines of music, theater, dance, and visual arts. Receiving two Master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University, Dr. Hankin also earned a Certificate from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and completed a seminar at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Harvard Business School and Yale University. In addition, she has garnered numerous awards for her educational leadership. The Phi Delta Kappa International chapter of Columbia University and the chapter at Hofstra University awarded her an Educator of the Year Award for her programs and partnerships. Furthermore, Dr. Carole Hankin received the School Superintendent Recognition Award from the New York State Alliance for Arts Education.



Community Service

Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation, Member Columbia University Teachers College Alumni Council, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Math Museum, chartered by NY State and is the only one of its kind in the country

Professional Organizations

Member of National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Member Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, American Association of School Administrators, New York State Council of School Superintendents


Peconic Bay Medical Center, Westchester Community College Syosset School District Scholarship Cancer Care

Work History

Work History
Aug 1990 - Present

Superintendent of Schools

Syosset Central School District


Aug 1975 - May 1978


Columbia University