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Gerald Tirozzi
Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

Gerald N. Tirozzi is the Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). He assumed leadership of NASSP in March 1999. NASSP is the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders.

Dr. Tirozzi is a nationally recognized leader in education reform, having spent nearly 50 years working to improve teaching and learning for all students by promoting high academic standards and initiating major teaching reforms.

From 1996-1999, Dr. Tirozzi served as Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. During his tenure as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education (1983-1991), Tirozzi was responsible for many improvements in the state’s educational system. He played a major leadership role in developing and implementing the Connecticut Mastery Test, which received national recognition as an assessment model to promote high academic standards and expectations.

Other educational positions Tirozzi has held include a tenured professorship at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Educational Leadership, where his concentration was on urban education, educational policy, and the preparation of school superintendents (1993-1995); the President of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts (1991-1993); and Superintendent in the New Haven (CT) Public Schools (1977-1983). Other positions he held in New Haven included: principal, assistant principal, director of secondary education, director of middle schools, director of community schools, guidance counselor, and teacher.

Dr. Tirozzi serves on a number of educational advisory boards including Pearson Education National Policy Board, the Educational Research Service, the League, the Learning First Alliance, the USA Today Advisory Board, and the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Schools Advisory Council.

Dr. Tirozzi holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education from Michigan State University. He has a Sixth Year Certificate in Education Administration from Fairfield University. He received an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University.

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