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CEO is finalist for top leadership award

CMSD Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon is a finalist for the Green-Garner Award, the highest honor available to urban superintendents.

The Council of the Great City Schools will announce the award winner on Thursday, Oct. 20 at its fall conference in Miami. The council represents 68 large U.S. school systems.

The award is given in alternating years to a school board member and superintendent. Gordon, who was appointed CEO in 2011, has been a finalist each time he has been eligible.

Cleveland Board of Education Chair Denise Link won the award in 2013.

The award is named for Richard R. Green the first African-American chancellor of the New York City school system, and Edward Garner, who served on the Denver school board.