TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Kirk E. Gavin, Ed.D., a distinguished educational leader who has served at elementary, middle, and high schools around Leon County, will become the new interim superintendent of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Developmental Research School. Gavin earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, a Master of Education degree from FAMU, and a doctoral degree of educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Gavin began his career in academia in 1986 as an instructional aide. In the 30 years since, he has served in numerous capacities including assistant dean of general studies, director for faculty development, and interim assistant vice president of academic affairs at FAMU. A champion of the under served, Gavin has secured over $11 million in funding for promoting educational equality and access. The new superintendent of FAMU DRS will oversee operations at the school, a task which Rose Campbell, Ph.D., faculty administrator at the College of Education, said will come easily to the seasoned administrator.
“Dr. Gavin is an excellent leader in education. With his background experience being in leadership and administration, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position,” Campbell said. “He can help improve academic rigor and communication, but most of all, make sure the school continues to grow. With our university support, Dr. Gavin will succeed in making FAMU DRS a leading K-12 institution in the state of Florida.”
FAMU DRS, formerly known as Lucy Moten Elementary School, was created in 1887 as a teacher training facility for FAMU College of Education students. It has transcended its original purpose, developing from an elementary school to servicing nearly 1,000 K-12 students with a focus on mathematics, science, technology and foreign language, which are subjects of particular importance in the 21st century and beyond.
“Gavin brings a great set of skills garnered from his experience in P-12 education in our community, including teaching, student services, leadership and administrative experience. We are confident that he will not only maintain operations of the DRS, but also manage key investments in technology and other investments that will move FAMU DRS forward,” Provost Marcella David said of the Dean of the College of Education Traki Taylor’s decision to approve Gavin’s new appointment.