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NEW ORLEANS – (Jan. 29, 2020) – It is with great sadness that NOLA Public Schools mourns the passing of the longest-tenured superintendent of Orleans Parish Schools, Dr. Gene Alvin Geisert.

“My deepest condolences to Dr. Geisert’s loved ones and friends. We are forever grateful for his commitment to serve students, schools and families across our city throughout his time as superintendent,” says NOLA-PS Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. Although he is gone, so much of his work still continues positively impact students in New Orleans. A great school system is built upon the tireless, steadfast work of leaders like Dr. Geisert and without him, the district would not be where it is today. He has been a role model for New Orleans educators, as well as myself, and will be greatly missed.”

Dr. Gene Alvin Geisert, the longest-tenured superintendent of Orleans Parish Schools, has passed away at the age of 92. Born July 22, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Geisert served in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War and graduated from the University of Toledo. He soon received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and became an educator. He taught biology, served as an elementary and junior high school principal and finally served as superintendent of public schools in Alpena, Michigan. Following his work as superintendent, he moved to Wilmington, Delaware where he helped improve and desegregate its public schools. Afterwards, he moved to New Orleans where he desegregated the schools and strengthened Orleans Parish’s teacher pipeline by recruiting teachers from across the country.

Throughout Dr. Geisert’s tenure, he helped lead the effort to offer more magnet schools throughout Orleans Parish. In 1973, he played a major role in developing the renowned New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a regional high school which specializes in pre-professional arts training. After his work as superintendent, he then served as chair of the Doctoral Division in the Department of Education for St. John’s University in Queens, New York for 30 years. In 2011, he returned to New Orleans where he remained for the rest of his life and served as a volunteer at the National World War II Museum.

About NOLA Public Schools
NOLA Public Schools is the public school district for Orleans Parish, which includes the district’s elected school board, known as the Orleans Parish School Board and the district’s administration led by NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. NOLA Public Schools currently oversees 78 public schools. For more information, visit

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