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Gary Richardson, Ed.S.

Director of Master of Education Program
Education Department Co-Chair

Ed. S., Iowa State University
M.S.E., Drake University
B.S., University of Northern Iowa



Gary Richardson is the interim director of Northwestern's Master of Education program and co-chair of the education department. He also serves as a professor of practice for the M.Ed. program. As such, he teaches graduate courses in educational administration and oversees the development of the college’s graduate internship programs and principal licensure program.

A former superintendent at MOC-Floyd Valley/West Sioux and Harris-Lake Park, he most recently was an educational consultant for School Administrators of Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in education from Drake University, and an Education Specialist degree from Iowa State University.

Professional experience

  • Superintendent, MOC-Floyd Valley School District, Orange City, Iowa
  • Superintendent, Harris-Lake Park School District, Iowa
  • Middle and High School Principal, Harris-Lake Park School District, Iowa
  • Athletic Director and Basketball Coach, Harris-Lake Park School District, Iowa
  • Social Studies Instructor and Coach, Harris-Lake Park School District, Iowa
  • Social Studies Instructor and Coach, Danville Community Schools, Iowa


  • SAI Superintendent of-the-Year Finalist - 2004
  • SAI Administrator of the Year Nominee Award-1992, 1994 & 1995
  • National Superintendent’s Roundtable (2008 - present)
  • School Finance Roundtable – Department of Education (2007-present)
  • Instructional Rounds Cohort (2008-)
  • SAI Principal Evaluation Study Group (2007)
  • NW AEA Superintendent’s Advisory Council (2006-2007)
  • SAI Leading With Soul Cohort Group (2004)
  • National Superintendent’s Roundtable – Member (2008-present)
  • NWAEA Superintendent’s Instructional Rounds Network (2008-present)
  • SAI Superintendent Mentor (2003, 2005, 2006, and 2009)
  • AEA 3 Superintendent’s Advisory Council (2002 -2005)
  • Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union – Representative Council (2003 – 2009)
  • NAASP / SAI Member / AASA Member
  • ASB Negotiations Liaison for AEA 3 (1999-2001)
  • AEA 3 Superintendent’s Design Team (1997-2001)
  • AEA 3 NISDC Grant Steering Committee
  • AEA 3 Interactive Television Board of Directors (1990-1992)
  • IBCA Board of Directors (1988-1992)