Vito A. Gagliardi, Sr. is an independent education management professional with nearly 50 years of experience as an educator, superintendent, deputy commissioner of education, commissioner of education, and senior policy advisor. His distinguished career in public education includes the following positions:

  • 1964 to 1967: Teacher in Westfield, NJ public school system.

  • 1967 to 1970: Principal of Sharon Elementary School in Washington Twp, NJ.

  • 1970 to 1981: Superintendent of Schools in Washington Twp, NJ.

  • 1981 to 1982: Director of School Executive Academy, NJ Dept. of Education.

  • 1982 to 1983: Acting Assistant Deputy Commissioner, NJ Dept. of Education.

  • 1983 to 1991: Union County Superintendent of Schools, NJ Dept. of Education.

  • 1991 to 1994: Superintendent of Vocational-Technical Schools in Union Cty, NJ.

  • 1994 to 1997: Policy advisor to the NJ Senate President.

  • 1997 to 2000: Special Assistant to NJ Commissioner of Education.

  • 2000 to 2001: NJ Commissioner of Education.

Dr. Gagliardi served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2002 Distinguished Service Award presented by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education Alumni Association, and 2001 President's Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education presented by the New Jersey Parent Teacher's Association. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs focused on educational programs activities, and has participated in numerous speaking engagements to civic, social, and community organizations.

Dr. Gagliardi holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University, and an MA in Administration and Supervision from Kean University.