Eric Gordon was appointed Chief
Executive Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in June
2011 after having served as the district’s Chief Academic Officer for four years.
He is responsible for the leadership and daily management of Cleveland’s
39,000-student school district. Mr. Gordon, together with Cleveland Mayor Frank
G. Jackson and other business, philanthropic, and educational leaders,
successfully lobbied Ohio legislators in 2012 to pass The Cleveland Plan,
a revolutionary package of education reform legislation that was signed into
law on July 2, 2012. The Cleveland Plan has received national attention
for its strong bipartisan support and unprecedented collaborative process that
united the people of Cleveland around a collective mission to transform their
public school system.
Mr. Gordon is active nationally
in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards curriculum and in the implementation
of Social and Emotional Learning Standards for children. He serves as a member
of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors for the “Council of the Great City Schools”, a member
organization representing 70 large urban districts across the United States.
Mr. Gordon also serves as secretary-treasurer for the Council’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining CMSD, Mr.
Gordon was the Executive Director for Secondary Learning for the Olentangy
Local Schools in suburban Columbus, Ohio. In that role, he was responsible for
all aspects of education for students in grades 6-12. He is an experienced Educator,
in both suburban and urban school districts. Mr. Gordon has served as a teacher,
assistant principal, and principal.
CEO Gordon was honored with the
“Richard R. Greene Council of the Great City Schools’ Award” in 2016,
naming him the Urban Educator of the Year, which is the highest honor available
to an urban superintendent in the United States. Active in the Cleveland
community, Mr. Gordon, was featured in Inside Business Magazine’s “Power
100” in 2013, and was voted Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting
People” in 2012, recognizing Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential CEO’s.
Mr. Gordon is a graduate of
Bowling Green State University, where he earned his Master’s
Degree in Education Administration and
Supervision (1997) and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and Driver Education
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