'Turnaround Specialist' Wilbourn Looks To Repeat Success At Detroit's Mumford High School

04/18/2013 10:33 am ET
AP/The Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley, File

DETROIT, MI – When Kevyn Orr took over as Detroit’s Emergency Manager, he was heralded by Gov. Snyder as a “turnaround specialist.” At Detroit’s once-troubled Denby High School, Kenyetta Wilbourn developed a reputation of her own as a turnaround specialist and she is now tasked with doing the same at Mumford High School with a tighter window than Orr has for the city.

“I’m from Detroit and I matriculated through the [Detroit Public School] system,” Wilbourn, 36, said. “I knew that at the end of the day, I knew how to run a school in the inner city. I know what it takes to establish an environment for learning.”

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