Gail Gilmore of Cheshire has been appointed director of the sixth-year diploma in educational leadership and the master of science in teacher leadership program at Quinnipiac University.
Gilmore, an associate professor of education, brings a wealth of experience to the post, having spent more than 25 years as a school administrator in Connecticut.
“I endeavor to use my experience and expertise to launch the best possible educational programming for all of our students at Quinnipiac University,” she said. “My job as director is to build our team to help the next generation of teacher leaders, principals and assistant superintendents going forward.”
Candidates who complete the sixth-year educational leadership program, which is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education, are qualified to earn an advanced diploma as well as the Connecticut Intermediate Administration/Supervision (092) certificate.
Gilmore served as assistant superintendent of schools in Wolcott from 2009-11 and as superintendent of schools in Watertown from 2011-13. She was also an elementary school principal and high school assistant principal in Bristol for more than 20 years.
“Gail is tremendous,” said Kevin Basmadjian, dean of the School of Education. “She has served in every stage throughout her career in education and brings tremendous depth to the role of director of the program.”
Most recently, Gilmore worked as interim division director for educator effectiveness and professional learning at the Talent Office Bureau for the state Department of Education. She also served as an educational consultant and facilitator for the Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) and evaluator and assessor for the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) and the EASTCONN Resource Center.
In addition, she has taught research, curriculum development and educational assessment at the University of Saint Joseph and instructed superintendent studies and the internship program in the Educational Leadership Department at Central Connecticut State University.
Gilmore, who started her career as a music educator, said working in her new role at Quinnipiac is the pinnacle of her career.
“The dean, assistant dean and all of my colleagues at Quinnipiac are highly professional, very committed and very dedicated,” Gilmore said. “Every conversation we have during leadership team meetings centers around what is best for our students, ‘How do we elevate our students? How can we give them a better product than we have today?’ Truly, that matches my values and beliefs.”
Gilmore is a member of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Connecticut State University as well as a master’s degree in school counseling and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University.