GPS Head Of School Randy Tucker Retiring After 26-Year Tenure

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

GPS Board Chairman Nini Davenport and Head of School Randy Tucker have announced Mr. Tucker’s retirement on June 30. GPS leaders stated that an interim head of school will be in place by July 1, with a permanent leader in place as scheduled by July 1, 2014.

Given Mr. Tucker’s long and successful tenure, the board of trustees and Mr. Tucker have taken a specific focus on ensuring a seamless transition. Because it is often very difficult to fill the shoes of a successful, long-serving Head, the decision was made to put an Interim Head of School in place for the 2013-14 academic year. This will provide a buffer and will allow GPS to attract exceptional candidates for the permanent Head of School position.

“Our Board has been working on a plan that encourages us to think strategically, ask questions and act boldly. Because of this, we are well positioned for the future and look forward to all that it holds,” said Ms. Davenport. “We are grateful for the strong team Randy built during his tenure with us, and we will build on those strengths as we search for a new leader. Clearly, GPS is in a much better place today than it was when Randy first joined us. We will miss him and will always consider him a valuable part of the family.”

“GPS has made great strides over the past 26 years,” said Mr. Tucker. “I am thankful to have had the opportunity to lead such a wonderful educational institution and am excited about what the future holds for both of us.”


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