Gardner has been a leader in New York City independent education for three decades.
Gardner Dunnan is highly regarded for his career in public and private education as a leader and creator of new schools. For 23 years Gardner was headmaster at the Dalton School, consistently recognized as one of the finest K-12 schools in Manhattan. During Gardner’s tenure, the school expanded facilities, created a department of student support services, and achieved national renown for its Dalton technology plan. Endowment, scholarships and faculty salaries were all increased dramatically.
Prior to joining Avenues, Gardner was associate provost at Columbia University for 10 years, during which he led many new initiatives, most significantly the planning and leading of The School at Columbia, a new K-8 school for children of Columbia faculty and children of the Columbia neighborhood.
Gardner has advised Avenues on educational and operational matters since its inception and continues to develop community relationships and institutional partnerships throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Gardner is a graduate of Harvard College, with an M.Ed. in the teaching of science from Boston University and an Ed.D from the administrative career program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gardner has taught math and science in grades four to eight, and biology in high school. In addition to his career leading independent schools, Gardner was an administrator in the public schools of Shaker Heights, OH and superintendent of schools in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
Through the years Gardner has taught educational leadership at Teachers College, consulted to several projects launching new independent schools and charter schools in the public sector, and served on numerous boards and advisory committees.
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