Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon, currently superintendent of New Providence Public Schools in New Providence, NJ, has been named superintendent of Port Washington schools.
The appointment of Dr. Gordon, who will assume his new position in September, was unanimously approved by the Port Washington Board of Education at its meeting this month. "I would like to publicly thank the board and community," said Dr. Gordon in his remarks after the board's vote. "This is a wonderful community, and I look forward to being here."
Dr. Gordon will be replacing Dr. Albert F. Inserra, who announced his retirement this past school year.
The recipient of a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1968, Dr. Gordon was awarded master's and doctorate degrees from Rutgers University. While in high school and college, he was an honor roll and dean's list student, an athlete who played five varsity sports, a vice president of his class and a scholarship winner for outstanding character. He was an All-State baseball player and was recognized as an outstanding student athlete in the Newark Star-Ledger.
A professional in both the business and educational fields, Dr. Gordon is one of the few people in the United States named to both Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Who's Who in Education.
As superintendent of schools in New Providence since 1994, Dr. Gordon's term has been highlighted by outstanding student educational achievement and innovative business partnerships, through which he developed initiatives that resulted in more than $5,200,000 in revenues and cost savings during his first two contracts.
Under his leadership, New Providence High School students achieved the highest overall scores in Union County for the first time ever and have extended that record every year of his tenure. Additionally, 1995/1996 New Providence High School proficiency tests soared to second highest of 309 New Jersey high schools, while per-pupil costs declined by approximately $1,000. Under Dr. Gordon's leadership, the September 1998 and September 2000 issues of New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked New Providence student achievement eighth and seventh, respectively, of 309 public high schools, marking the first time that New Providence was ranked in the top 10.
Among numerous initiatives, New Providence High School became the first public high school in the United States to be connected to the Internet at 100 Mb/s fiber optic cable through a partnership initiated by Dr. Gordon with AT&T and Lucent Technologies and was the first public school district in New Jersey to establish and maintain a partnership with a Japanese prefectural government. In the most recent two school years, under Dr. Gordon's leadership, New Providence became the only public or private secondary school in New Jersey to be ranked in the "top 10" in academics (New Jersey Monthly) and athletic prowess, scholar/athletes and sportsmanship (Star-Ledger Cup).
Dr. Gordon first began his education career as an elementary and junior high school teacher at the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools, Englishtown, NJ from 1968 to 1972, and from 1970 and 1972 served as an athletic coach at Rutgers University. From 1972 to 1978 he served as administrative assistant, social studies teacher and athletic coach at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, NJ.
In 1978, he joined Bell System, where his responsibilities included serving as general manager of technical training in Chicago for AT&T. Working in union management, strategic planning, project management, operations and quality assurance in the Bell System as well, Dr. Gordon developed the initial cellular training with Bell Labs at the Chicago Trial (the US pilot in cellular technology) in the early 1980s. During his time in the Bell system, Dr. Gordon was cited for his efforts in the United Way.
In 1987, Dr. Gordon became vice principal of Cresskill Junior-Senior High School, NJ and in 1992 was appointed principal of New Providence and Northern Highlands regional high schools. In 1994 he was named New Providence superintendent of schools. In that position, he pledged to work with the board of education for seven to 10 years to reach the highest possible educational achievement for students at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayers.
During his tenure, the school report card for the district was the highest in the history of New Providence. Statistics at New Providence High School in particular have shown dramatic improvements over the past eight years. In particular, the school has experienced a 100 percent graduate rate for seniors for the past six years, and the four-year college attendance rate grew from 61.6 percent, when Dr. Gordon started, to 88.9 percent this year, with a zero drop-out rate. Additionally, New Providence High School increased the number of advanced placement classes from six to 19 during his tenure.
Dr. Gordon has also gained a statewide reputation for his commitment to the arts. He has served on the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Education Board and has helped bring classical music to schools throughout the state. He is also a founding member of the board of directors for Kozlov Dance International.
Dr. Gordon was elected to the New Jersey board of governors of the National Conference (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews) in 1995, the only K-12 public school educator named to the board in 73 years. Two years ago, he was named New Jersey student director of the Pre-Medical Honors Program of the Medical College of New Jersey at MDNJ, believed to be the only program of its kind in the United States.