Everyone at the Alliance has one goal,
to make every child a graduate.
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Governing Board


N. Gerry House

Institute for Student Achievement, President and Chief Executive Officer

N. Gerry House, EdD has been president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) since April 2000. Prior to joining ISA, she spent fifteen years as a superintendent for schools in Memphis, Tennessee and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. House has also served as a teacher, junior and senior high school guidance counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent.

Dr. House is an active leader in the education community, serving on many national boards including the board of directors of the Educational Testing Service (former chair from 2002 to 2005); advisory committee of the Harvard Change Leadership Group; AutoZone board of directors; Woodrow Wilson Foundation board of directors; member of visiting committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education; national advisory board for National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education (NCSPE); and the New Teacher Project board of directors, among others. Additionally, Dr. House was recently named to the board of trustees of Adelphi University.

Dr. House has received numerous professional accolades throughout her career. She was named National Superintendent of the Year in 1999 by the American Association of School Administrators for her extensive school reform efforts in the Memphis school system. Dr. House’s additional awards and recognitions include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education’s Alumni Leadership Award (2000); The Harold J. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award (1999); Tennessee Superintendent of the Year (1998); and the Council of the Great City Schools’ Richard R. Green Award (1998). She was also named twice to Executive Educator magazine’s listing of Top 100 Executive Educators in Education.

Dr. House earned her doctorate in education administration at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Southern Illinois University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from North Carolina A&T State University and is the recipient of honorary doctor of humanities degrees from Rhodes College and Lemoyne Owen College, both in Memphis, Tennessee.

Alliance Connection: As the president and chief executive officer of ISA, another Leeds-founded education organization, Dr. House works closely with Governor Wise and the Alliance. She was also a guest speaker at the Alliance’s 2004 High School Policy conference.

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.