Dr. Joseph Mangi
Joseph Mangi was graduated from Marquette University in 1966, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in English. He earned his Master's degree in Education and Social Studies from Antioch College in Ohio in 1969. Dr. Mangi has completed all additional graduate credits in Educational Administration toward a doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin. He holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Public Service awarded by Kenosha’s Carthage College in 2005.
Dr. Mangi began his teaching career in 1966 as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Iran for two years. After returning to the United States, he served in the Baltimore (MD) public schools as an intern and English instructor at the junior high level. He began his career with the Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 in 1970, teaching Independent Study Skills and English at both Washington and Lincoln Junior High Schools, respectively. For the 1971-72 school year, he served as an administrative intern at Lincoln Junior High School. In 1974, he was named Assistant Principal at Bullen Junior High School. In 1978, he was named Principal of McKinley Junior High School. In 1985, he was named Principal of Lance Junior High School. In 1987, he was named Principal of Bradford High School, a position he held until October of 1995 when he was named the District's Acting Superintendent of Schools. He returned to his Bradford principalship in 1996, serving in that capacity until his retirement in June 2005. In August 2007, Dr. Mangi returned to serve as Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2007/08 school year. On April 28, 2008, the word “interim” was removed from his title and he was named Superintendent of Schools. He again returned as interim superintendent in January 2014.
In 1983, he was named the Kenosha Unified School District Administrator of the Year. He also earned the District’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He earned the KUSD Administrative Mentor Award in 2001.
He was inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Educators Hall of Fame in March 2006. He received the Mary Lou Mahone Living Legend Award in May 2006. In 2006 he received the Kenosha Unified School District Athletic Hall of Fame Meritorious Service Award. He won the Community Kindness Award from the Coalition for Dismantling Racism in 2001. He also earned the PTA Advocate of the Year Award in 2005 and is an Honorary Life Member of the Wisconsin Congress of Parents and Teachers. He earned the Ronald R. Frederick Community Service Award in 1995. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation signed by President Richard Nixon in “recognition of service to our nation and to the people of Iran.” In May 2009, he received the WisItalia’s President’s Award for his efforts to bring Italian language classes to Kenosha’s schools.
He serves as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Peace Learning Circles Advisory Board, serves on the advisory board of Community Impact Programs and serves on the advisory board of the Kenosha Community Foundation.
He is a Cultural Competency certified trainer, is former president of the Big Nine and SEC athletic conferences, is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, was a C.C.D. teacher there, and was active with the Boys Scouts.
Dr. Mangi and his wife, Patricia, a retired foreign language teacher, are long-time Kenosha residents. They have three grown children.