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 40,000-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.
Cleveland’s CEO 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. Eric also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Council of the Great City Schools, a member organization representing the 66 large urban districts across the United States, and serves as the co-chair for the Council’s Student Achievement Taskforce.
Prior to joining CMSD, Eric Gordon was the Executive Director for Secondary Learning for the Olentangy Local Schools in suburban Columbus Ohio where he was responsible for all aspects of education for students in grades 6-12. He is an experienced educator, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, or principal in both suburban and urban school districts.
In 2012, CEO Gordon was a Finalist for the Council of the Great City Schools’ Richard R. Greene Award, recognizing him as one of the nation’s Top Ten Leaders in Urban Education. Active in the Cleveland community, Eric was voted Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People” in 2012 and Inside Business Magazine’s “Power 100” in 2013, recognizing Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential CEO’s. In 2014, CEO Gordon received the "Excellence in Puiblic Education Award" from the Cleveland Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Eric is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and Driver Education (1991), and his Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision (1997).
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