BOARD NAMES DR. PAUL GORDON AS NEW D41 SUPERINTENDENT
The District 41 Board of Education (BOE) has appointed Dr. Paul Gordon as Glen Ellyn School District 41's incoming superintendent, effective July 1, replacing Superintendent Dr. Ann Riebock upon her retirement. Dr. Gordon currently serves as the chief academic officer in Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Westminster, CO. Adams 12 is a K-12 public school district of about 43,000 students near Denver. The appointment followed a national search conducted by Ray and Associates.
Dr. Gordon will bring an impressive breadth and depth of experience to the role, said school board President Erica Nelson. "After interviewing a number of truly exceptional candidates, the board was unanimous that Dr. Gordon is a great fit for our district," said Ms. Nelson. "He brings the professionalism and experience needed to continue the high achievement that District 41 has experienced under Dr. Riebock's leadership these past seven years. He also understands that continued growth for our students includes academic achievement, social-emotional development and belonging to a safe and welcoming place where teachers and staff care deeply about their work."
Dr. Gordon earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Metropolitan State University in Denver, his Master of Arts (MA) from the University of Phoenix in Denver, and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He started his career in education as a middle school teacher in Adams 12 and was steadily promoted over the years to assistant principal, principal, executive director of schools, and in 2010 to chief academic officer.
"I'm drawn to District 41 because of its mission, vision, values and because I believe I can honor its traditions and its history of high academic achievement while fostering growth and innovation," said Dr. Gordon. "As a former teacher and now as an administrator, I thrive on the rewards of public education and relish its challenges. I'm looking forward to working with staff, parents and the community to build on the district's successes."
The BOE approved Dr. Gordon's appointment at its Feb. 11 regular meeting. The action included approval of a three-year contract at an annual base salary of $195,000; the contract also covers contributions for health and dental insurance, and retirement. The district will reimburse Dr. Gordon up to $21,500 for expenses related to moving from Colorado and acquiring housing in close proximity to District 41 (to be repaid to the district should Dr. Gordon voluntarily leave the district's employment before June 30, 2015).