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Superintendent, Greater Albany Public Schools
"Building bridges to lifelong learning and brighter futures"
Greater Albany Public Schools welcomed Andy Gardner as Superintendent on July 1, 2022. Gardner was hired after an extensive, six-month search process which was spearheaded by a community interview team.
As a lifelong Oregonian from John Day, Gardner began his education career in North Santiam School District (NSSD) before joining GAPS. From 2010 to 2022, he served as the Superintendent of North Santiam, which encompasses Stayton, Sublimity, Lyons, and Mehama. Prior to serving as Superintendent of NSSD, he was the Principal of Stayton Middle School (2007-10) and of Sublimity School (2002-07).
Gardner is a distinguished education leader and has served on several state-level educational workgroups including with the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Vision and Policy Committee (2012-2017); COSA Superintendent Executive Council Member (2018-2021); Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Executive Board Member (2012-2018) and President (2016). Additionally, he served on the Marion-Polk Early Learning Hub Board and the Willamette Promise Advisory Board, which worked to expand college credit opportunities at the high school level.
His journey into education began when he graduated from Western Oregon University (WOU) in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. In 1995, he received his Master’s in American History, also from WOU.
Gardner’s wife, Amber, works at the Willamette ESD focused on early learning. She spent many years teaching kindergarten in North Santiam. The couple has two sons attending college. He enjoys spending time in his hometown of John Day, where his family owns Gardner Enterprises, a beverage distributorship. His hobbies include reading history, fly fishing, golf, home projects, and traveling with his family.