Alumni News

Gerry House (Ed.D. ’88) tapped for Hall of Fame of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women

Gerry House, president and CEO of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), was honored on May 20, 2010, by the Long Island Business News (LIBN) as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Long Island, N.Y. This is the third time she has been so honored, moving her into the Top 50 Hall of Fame.

Launched in 2000, the LIBN Top 50 selects honorees annually from the business, government and not-for-profit fields for their business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

A nationally respected educator, House was a superintendent of schools for 15 years, first in Chapel Hill, N.C., and then in Memphis, Tenn. In 1999, she was named the National Superintendent of the Year for her work in Memphis. In 2000, she was the first recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award from the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

House joined ISA in 2000 as its president and CEO. ISA is a non-profit organization that partners with schools and districts to transform failing public high schools into academically rigorous schools that graduate students prepared for success in college. ISA uses a research-based framework to improve student achievement. Students benefit from a dedicated team of teachers and counselors who provide academic, emotional and social support. Faculty and administrators receive ongoing coaching and professional development.   

Under House’s leadership, ISA has become known for turning around some of the most challenging high schools in the nation, including schools in New York City, Detroit and Atlanta. Many ISA schools previously had graduation rates as low as 35 percent. After implementing and sustaining the ISA model, these same schools have graduated as many as 90 percent of their seniors, with nearly 90 percent of those graduates going on to college.

House’s focus on equity and excellence in education is further expressed through her leadership in the education community. She serves on numerous boards, including the Board of Trustees of the Educational Testing Service (former chair, 2002-2005), the Adelphi University Board of Trustees, the Harlem Success Charter Network Board and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Board of Directors. At the UNC School of Education, she recently became a member of the Board of Directors of the School of Education Foundation, Inc.