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David W. Gardner ’76

David W. Gardner ’76

Austin, Texas

David recently retired after almost 35 years with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Following completion of his master’s in Educational Psychology and his doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, he began his career as an assistant professor of administration and policy studies at Hofstra University in New York.  In the summer of 1985, he was invited to be a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M.  During that time, he was offered the position of program director at the Coordinating Board.  He chose to take that opportunity and remain in Texas.

He served in many positions over the next three decades including the last 14 years as Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy.  He led the development of the board’s extensive data system as well as the development of the state’s first accountability system and the higher education plans, Closing the Gap and 60x30TX.
David most recently served on the Texas Workforce Commission’s JET Advisory Board, the Foster Children and Education Committee, and the Texas Space Grant Consortium.  He is currently a volunteer college application coach for Breakthrough Austin and is a board member of Education Reach for Texans.

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