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Dr. Gerald N. Tirozzi is executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). From 1996 to 1999, Gerald served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, a position appointed by President Bill Clinton. He served as Connecticut's commissioner of education for eight years (1983–1991), and was responsible for many improvements in the state's educational system.
Other educational positions he has held include a tenured professorship at the University of Connecticut's Department of Educational Leadership, president of Wheelock College in Boston, and superintendent in the New Haven Public Schools (Connecticut). Gerald was also a principal, assistant principal, director of secondary education, director of middle schools, director of community schools, guidance counselor and teacher.
Gerald is a nationally recognized leader in education reform, having spent more than 45 years working to improve teaching and learning for all students by promoting high academic standards and initiating major teaching reforms. He serves on a number of educational advisory boards, including the Council for Corporate and School Partnership, the Educational Research Service, the Learning First Alliance, the USA Today Advisory Board and the U.S. Department of State's Overseas Schools Advisory Council.
Gerald holds a doctor of philosophy degree in educational administration and higher education from Michigan State University. He has a sixth year certificate in education administration from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He received a master of arts degree in guidance and counseling, and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State University.