Roseburg Sch. Dist.
Roseburg School Board Selects Gerry C. Washington as the Next Superintendent - 04/24/15
Concluding its search for a superintendent to succeed Superintendent Larry Parsons who is retiring, the Roseburg School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce Gerry C. Washburn as the district's next Superintendent effective July 1, 2015. Washburn and the Board are working on the terms of a tentative agreement which will be finalized at a public meeting.
"We had some excellent choices from Oregon and several other states in our field of 19 candidates for the superintendent position. After extensive interviews, reference checking and a tour of our district for the finalists, Gerry Washburn emerged as the right fit to be our next Superintendent," Board Chair Rod Cotton said. "As he met with students, staff and community, he received strong support for his personable approach, depth of knowledge and passion to become a part of our school community."
Since 2013, Washburn has been Assistant Superintendent for the Los Alamos Public Schools in Los Alamos, NM, a district with 3,500 students. Los Alamos Public Schools is one of the most highly rated school districts in New Mexico and the home of Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. His other administrative positions at Los Alamos have included Director of Human Resources for a year and elementary school principal for 3 years. He taught elementary school and coached at Los Alamos and at Pojoaque Valley Schools for 10 years. In 2000, he was named New Mexico's 4A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. Before becoming an educator, Washburn was a bank officer in New Mexico for 5 years. He was a bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, United States Treasury Department in Pueblo, CO for 4 years. Washburn has a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Eastern New Mexico University. He is working on completion of his doctoral dissertation in educational leadership from Northcentral University with expected completion in December, 2015.
"Schools should be sensitive and responsive to the needs of students and the community," Washburn said. "Our mission as educators is to create an inclusive, caring environment that fosters a positive sense of self in order for children to learn how to become active participants in the learning process," he continued. "Becoming the Roseburg superintendent is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the district's children. I am excited about becoming a part of this wonderful community."