Acting Superintendent of Schools, Hillside Public School District

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Robert Gregory is acting superintendent of schools for Hillside Public School District in New Jersey. He has more than 22 years of experience in education. Previously, he was CEO and superintendent of Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, N.J., and interim superintendent of Newark Public Schools (NPS), a role he assumed after the district emerged from two decades of state operation and control.

Before he was named interim superintendent of NPS, Gregory was the district’s deputy superintendent. In this role, he oversaw the revision of the strategic planning process and managed the professional development of school principals and assistant superintendents while supporting the district’s successful transition to local control. Under his leadership, the district saw an increase in SAT scores, participation in Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses, and positive outcomes on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment in English language arts and math. Gregory also served as the district’s assistant superintendent of high schools. During his tenure, NPS increased graduation rates by nearly 20 percentage points.

In addition, Gregory was the founding principal of American History High School, the first school of its kind in New Jersey. The school maintained a graduation rate of 94 percent or above, and at least 90 percent of students attended college. American History High School was ranked among the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report. Gregory’s experience also includes roles as a teacher, teacher coach, supervisor, and principal.

A member of the third cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program, Gregory has bachelor’s in secondary education and social studies from West Chester University and a master’s in education leadership and management from Seton Hall University.