December 8, 2021 Announcements

Gausman elected president of national superintendent association

Headshot of Dr. Paul Gausman
Dr. Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District.

Sioux City, Iowa – Dr. Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District, has been elected by his colleagues to serve as President of the Urban Superintendents Association of America.

The Urban Superintendents Association of America is a professional association of more than 150 public school superintendents who serve mid-size urban districts in the United States and Canada. The association provides opportunities for its members to learn from experts and to share solutions to issues they each face.

Gausman has served as superintendent for the Sioux City Community School District since 2008. He was named one of three finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year from the National Association of School Superintendents in 2018 and was the 2014 Iowa Superintendent of the Year as recognized by the School Administrators of Iowa.

During his tenure with Sioux City Community Schools, the District has celebrated many accomplishments including significant gains in academic achievement and the graduation rate; the schools implemented the largest 1:1 student computing initiative at that time in Iowa; the District has been named one of the 100 original Future Ready Districts in the nation and a Next Generation High School District by the United States Department of Education and the White House; the District has completed seventeen school construction projects; and the District has implemented progressive programs through specialty elementary schools and middle school STEM-focused exploratory offerings; and the District opened the Sioux City Career Academy which offers more than 30 career pathways.

Prior to joining the Sioux City Community School District, Gausman served as the superintendent for the West Central School District in South Dakota and as coordinator of middle school education and coordinator of fine and performing arts for the Sioux Fall School District. He also served as director of bands at Millard West High School in Omaha and marching percussion instructor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Gausman holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul; an education specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of Sioux Falls; a master of science degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In addition to his involvement with the Urban Superintendents Association of America, Gausman is also involved in many other professional organizations in public school administration, education, leadership, and the arts.