After an extensive search process conducted during the 2014-15 school year, the Board appointed Dr. Cosimo Tangorra Jr. as the district's superintendent of schools in April 2015. He began with the district in June.
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Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Dr. Tagnorra was the state's deputy
commissioner for P-12 (preschool through high school) education, Dr. Tangorra
was a superintendent in New York for 12 years, and also has experience as a
teacher, an academic administrator, and a principal.
During the search process, he impressed the Board and the interview committees as a thoughtful leader who connects with people, focuses on the future, and keeps students at the forefront of decision-making.
Dr. Tangorra has a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership form the Sage Colleges, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Cortland, a master's degree in Special Education from the College of St. Rose, and a bachelor's degree from Siena College. He first became a superintendent in 2004 with Oppenheim-Ephratah Central Schools in Fulton County, and went on to serve as the superintendent of Trumansburg Central Schools and Ilion Central Schools over the next decade. Dr. Tangorra helped guide the 2013 merger of the Ilion and Mohawk school districts and was superintendent of the newly formed Central Valley Schools until he was named to the State Education Department post.
"Coming to Niskayuna is an honor. It provides me with a unique opportunity to do the work that I love in a special place," Dr. Tangorra said upon his appointment. "We have everything we need in Niskayuna to lead the way in a new era in education - not by focusing on today's standards, but by setting our own standard for excellence. This will involve keeping students and learning at the heart of all we do, valuing our teachers and staff, and fostering innovation and strong partnerships.
"But first, I plan to do a lot of active listening and learning," Dr. Tangorra added. "I firmly believe that being an educational leader requires a deep understanding of a community's values and aspirations for its schools."