Degrees and Certifications:

Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, Edgewood College Master of Education, Educational Administration, Edgewood College Bachelor of Arts, Biology Education, Edgewood College

Joseph (Joe) Gothard

Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, Burnsville, MN

Previous Experience (three most recent):

  • Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, WI
  • High School Principal, Robert M. La Follette High School, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, WI
  • Middle School Principal, Akira R. Toki Middle School, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, WI

Dr. Joe Gothard became superintendent of schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on July 1, 2013. In this role, he serves as the chief executive officer and educational leader of the school district, which serves 9,500 K-12 students and employs 1,400 people.

Gothard has been passionate about public education his entire career. In his first two years as superintendent in District 191, he undertook a broad public engagement process leading to the development of "Vision One91."

Following community approval of a Vision One91 referendum, a strategic redesign is taking place to meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure the district’s mission of “Each Student Real-World Ready.” It includes grade-level configuration changes, expanded and improved use of instructional technology, and a complete educational program review.

Gothard is a member of the National Superintendents Roundtable. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, which is comprised of 40+ school districts in the Twin Cities metro area. He serves on the Legislative Committee of the organization. Gothard is the only school superintendent serving on the Greater Twin Cities United Way Board of Directors.

Communication, both in-person and via social media, is important to Gothard and he connects with the community on Twitter (@JoeGothard) and through his blog “Inside One91.” He also focuses on expanding and creating community partnerships that benefit students and their learning.