Dr. Mark Benigni, Superintendent of the Meriden Public Schools, is known for his innovative leadership, emotional intelligence, and labor-management collaboration. Fostering a climate and culture of transparency, Dr. Benigni and team members put students at the center of all decisions and work tirelessly to ensure that “Here, Students Succeed”. Committed to providing equity and expanding learning opportunities through a district digital transformation for all students, Dr. Benigni was recognized as a 2015 Education Week Leader to Learn From and received the Social Justice Award from the CT Coalition to End Homelessness. Under his leadership, innovations include implementation of extended day schools, BYOD K-12 guidelines, a 1:1 device initiative, and student-centered learning approaches. Further examples of creative programming are the STARS Program for students with autism and Success Academy for over-age and under-credited high school students.