PSU alumnus Gustavo Balderas named Eugene superintendent

Gustavo BalderasDr. Gustavo (Gus) Balderas, a 2001 graduate of the PSU Master in Curriculum and Instruction program, has been selected as the new superintendent of Eugene 4J School District. He is originally from Nyssa near the Oregon/Idaho border and attended Western Oregon State College and Portland State University. He did both his Initial and his Continuing Administrator Licensure at Portland State. His doctorate is from the University of Oregon. He is currently superintendent of Ocean View School District in California and will take over for Superintendent Sheldon Berman in Eugene on July 1.

Balderas has been in education for 23 years, 17 of those in the Hillsboro School District. He has served as a teacher, school principal, counselor, and assistant superintendent. He brings a solid history of work around diversity and cultural proficiency. He is a co-founder and past president of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA), and a past member of the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN).

The Eugene School District is the seventh-largest district in Oregon, with over 17,000 students in 18 elementary schools, two K–8 programs, seven middle schools, and four comprehensive high schools.


Randy Schild named 2015 Oregon Superintendent of the Year

Randy SchildPSU/GSE alumnus Randy Schild ’94, ’96, ’01, is the 2015 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. He is a graduate of both GSE Educational Administrator programs, IAL and CAL, and holds an MST from the PSU’s School of Business Administration. He is the superintendent of Tillamook School District.

Not too many superintendents can say this, but Randy Schild actually attended first grade through high school in his district. He left town briefly to earn his degrees at PSU, then returned as a business teacher, coach, and administrator before becoming superintendent 14 years ago. Continue reading

GSE’s Jim Carlile collects national leadership award

CarlileThe University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) has selected GSE adjunct faculty member, Jim Carlile, for an 2014 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. He currently serves as assistant superintendent in the Oregon Department of Education Office of Instruction, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability, reporting directly to Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton.

Mr. Carlile is a well-regarded Oregon school administrator and teaches in the GSE’s continuing administrator licensure program. Since 1959, he has worked as a teacher, principal, superintendent, mentor, and project leader in numerous schools and districts across the state. He also served as the director of the PSU Center for Student Success, and in that capacity was positioned to provide the first third-party evaluation services for Oregon’s charter schools. Continue reading

GSE graduate named 2014 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year

J_GeorgeAlumnus John George, IAL ’02, CAL ’13, has been selected as Oregon’s Middle School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). He is currently the principal of Fleming Middle School in the Three Rivers School District in Grants Pass, Oregon.

George joined Three Rivers School District in 1998, teaching science, math, and health. He was head football coach and athletic director. Continue reading

GSE alumnus Paul Coakley named to Centennial administration

CoakleyCentennial School district has selected Dr. Paul Coakley, MEd ’01, EdD ’13, as the new assistant superintendent/director of human resources for the district. He has demonstrated his loyalty to Portland State University by enrolling in multiple programs including: doctorate, master’s, initial and continuing administrator licensure programs through the GSE, and a bachelor’s in liberal studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“Paul was the first student in my current doctoral cohort of 13 students to complete his dissertation,” says Professor Tom Chenoweth, his doctoral advisor. “He is highly motivated, task driven and a wonderful person.”

Dr. Coakley is the current assistant superintendent and a principal in Rainer School District. “I am very excited to come back to the east side,” said Coakley, who grew up in Gresham.

He will begin his position in Centennial on July 1, 2014.



GSE alumna named 2012 Oregon Elementary Principal of the Year

Lizi Aguilar-Nelson, IAL ’05, CAL ‘10, principal at Richmond Elementary School in Salem, has been awarded the top state honor for an elementary principal by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA). Ms. Aguilar-Nelson is a recent graduate of the PSU Initial Administrator Licensure program (Salem cohort), and recently completed the PSU Continuing Administrator Licensure program as well.

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