GSE doctoral student Kevin Ricker named OR High School Principal of the Year

Centennial High School is excelling in many areas these days, thanks to Principal Kevin Ricker, EdD ’13. He has been named 2012 Oregon High School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). He will receive his award at the annual COSA Conference in Seaside, OR, in June, and attend the national awards gala in Washington, DC, in September.

Mr. Ricker has a strong track record of school improvement since coming to Oregon from Virginia in 2005. Initially working at Molalla High School, he improved student test scores there so much that in 2010 Molalla High School was recognized by the Oregon Department of Education as the “Celebrating Student Success Champion”—the sole high school winner that year.

In 2010, Mr. Ricker was hired at Centennial High School, and has made progress in finding creative ways to solve problems in a climate of shrinking budgets. At Centennial, a school twice as large as Mollala High School, test scores have also improved to outperform schools with similar demographics in the state. Centennial High School serves 1900 students in east Multnomah County.

Tom Chenoweth, professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is Kevin’s doctoral program advisor.

Dr. Chenoweth reports, “he is just a terrific guy, a wonderful doctoral student and a very student-centered principal.”

Coincidently, Professor Chenoweth and Kevin Ricker both had Professor Daniel Duke at Stanford University and the University of Virginia as their initial doctoral advisors. Kevin Ricker’s dissertation will focus on the effects of collective bargaining on school reform initiatives.

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