Mr. Gary Rosenthal, a native of northern Virginia, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Geography and his Master’s Degree in Political Science and School Administration from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He also has attended the Principal’s Institute at Harvard and has done extensive post-graduate work and research.
Mr. Rosenthal has been a Principal at all grade levels and has been a leader in reform and school-turnaround programs in public schools in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and most recently in Maine. An educational leader for over 30 years, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Principals’ Center (two- terms), the Chesapeake Center for the Coalition of Essential Schools and on visiting committees with the Southern, Middle States’ and New England Accreditation Associations. He has also served as a member and President of the Dorchester County, MD Board of Education; Rosenthal has been an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Education at Trinity University in Washington, DC, at the New England College in NH and currently teaches School Finance and Directs the Online Education Program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. In addition, Mr. Rosenthal has attended School Leadership Institutes at The College of William and Mary and Salisbury State University. Mr. Rosenthal previously served as the Assistant Superintendent and Curriculum Coordinator for the Sheepscot Valley RSU #12 in Maine, and as Superintendent of Schools for AOS #97 – Winthrop/Fayette, a position from which he retired in 2018.
Mr. Rosenthal has been recognized by Harvard University for “Significant Contributions to the Professional Development of America’s School Leaders”. In addition, he received the Comcast Communications 2002-2003 “School Leadership and Student Achievement Award”, and was nominated for the Paul G. Carlson Award, for work with DE Professional Development programs at the school and regional levels. In 2011, Mr. Rosenthal was recognized as the “Graduate Education Faculty Member of the Year” by Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. In 2016, he was nominated by his school committee for the “AASA Superintendent of the Year” award and also for the Ed Week “Leaders to Learn From” recognition.
Mr. Rosenthal is a member of The Academy of Political Science, Phi Delta Kappa, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, The American Association of School Administrators, the MSSA, and The Christian Legal Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Snow Pond Music Academy in Maine.