Press Release

    Contact Anne H. Gallagher

    NJASA Director of Communications

    609-599-2900, ext. 126



    The 2014 New Jersey Association of School Administrators Central Regional Superintendent of the Year Dr. Michael R. Gorman is available to comment on education-related issues.


    Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 22, 2013....Dr. Michael R. Gorman, Chief Education Officer, Pemberton Township Public Schools, was selected the 2014 New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) Central Regional Superintendent of the Year. He was introduced today at the Opening General Session of the Annual Fall Workshop in Atlantic City. The workshop is co-sponsored by NJASA, the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).

    This is the sixth year of NJASA’s selection process to choose three regional – Central, Northern and Southern - Superintendents of the Year winners. The two other chief education officers joining Gorman are: Northern Regional winner – Patrick J. Fletcher, Chief Education Officer, River Dell Regional School District; and Southern Regional winner – Dr. Philip J. Guenther, Chief Education Officer, Atlantic County Vocational School District.

    NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza said, “Mike’s can-do attitude and his strategic leadership continue to move education forward in the Pemberton District through the well-received district mission and goals. He is a dedicated, hard-working professional who constantly strives to improve the educational quality for all students through his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.”

    An educator with 37 years of experience, Gorman has continually been a champion for student achievement and has fought to assist underachieving populations and students. Under his leadership in Pemberton and in his prior superintendency in the Glassboro School District, he infused Blueprints for Student Success, a program based upon the work of Ruby Payne, to improve student achievement.


    Gorman, a prolific writer and noted author of alternative education-related materials and the role of the principal, served on the State’s College and Career Readiness Task Force and assisted with the design of the New Jersey Regional Achievements Centers. He is a charter member of and founding contributor to the National Superintendent’s Roundtable, and a charter member of the Panasonic Foundation New Jersey Network of Superintendents.

    Last year, Gorman led the Pemberton District into the Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ) pilot program that included: refocusing the teacher evaluation orientation to incorporate student growth through collegially developed researched-based observational protocol; and building an administrator evaluation protocol emphasizing student learning and growth in conjunction with faculty evaluations. He was invited to participate in a panel discussion regarding the pilot program at the 2013 Commissioner’s Convocation, hosted by NJASA.

    A NJASA member since 2000, Gorman currently represents Burlington County on the NJASA Legislative Committee and the NJASA Spring Conference Committee. At the local level, he is the educational chair for the United Way of Burlington County.

    Gorman, a graduate of Widener University, also earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Widener University. He received his Masters of Education from Temple University.

    Each NJASA Regional Superintendent of the Year winner was judged on the following qualifications: 1) minimum of five years experience as a chief education officer; 2) record of service within their respective county affiliate and NJASA; and 3) distinguished record as an educator.

    The next step in the process for the three regional winners will be the selection of a New Jersey candidate to participate in the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Award. A committee of NJASA Past Presidents will select the 2014 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. The program, established in 1988 and sponsored by ARAMARK Education, VALIC, and AASA, is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas.

    The selection qualifications for the State and National Superintendent of the Year include: meeting the needs of their students, demonstrated communication strength, a commitment to professional development and growth, and significant community involvement.  Additionally, at the state and regional levels, NJASA has an additional qualification that addresses service with the county affiliate and NJASA.


    AASA will announce the National Superintendent of the Year at its Annual Conference on Education in February 2014. The recipient of this prestigious honor will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student at the high school where the superintendent graduated.




    About NJASA:

    The New Jersey Association of School Administrators is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The Association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the Association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children. The Association is located 920 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5328. For more information -- PH: 609.599.2900 / Fax: 609.599.9359 / website: www.njasa.net


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