Veteran educator to lead Fredonia’s first online program in Educational Leadership

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Dr. Gregory Geer

Fredonia announces that Gregory Geer, Ph.D., is joining the College of Education’s faculty to lead its Advanced Certificate program in Educational Leadership.

Graduates of the advanced certificate program in School Building Leadership (SBL) and School District Leadership (SDL) partially fulfill New York State Education Department requirements for certification as school building and district-level administrators. SUNY Fredonia’s educational leadership program is resuming its operation this summer after a redesign for today’s digital age. The graduate-level program’s 30 credit hour curriculum is delivered entirely online and designed to meet the learning requirements of busy educators.

Dr. Geer returns to New York State after serving eight years as the inaugural faculty member of a similar program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. During his tenure at Coastal Carolina, Geer was the program coordinator and led its transition to an online learning framework. His research at Coastal Carolina University concentrated on the internship component of educational leadership programs.

With some 30 years’ experience in PK-12 education in western and central New York, Geer taught social studies in the Mexico and Churchville-Chili School districts. Last serving for eight years as the superintendent of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, he also was a middle school principal at East Irondequoit, a house principal at Cortland High School and an assistant principal at Churchville-Chili High School.

Geer commented, “I am excited to work with the outstanding faculty at SUNY Fredonia and area’s K-12 educational leaders on what promises to be a cutting-edge program designed to promote the skills set and thinking needed to lead schools in an increasingly complex environment. Fredonia’s graduates will have the knowledge, master the thinking, and possess the interpersonal skills to make them successful school leaders and managers. Taking the program online is the result of careful consideration of the needs of educators willing to tackle the study of leadership and challenges of today’s schools.”

Education Department Chair Robert Dahlgren noted, "Dr. Geer brings to Fredonia an innovative, 21st century vision for the Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership program. The Education Department is excited about his joining our ranks." 

For further information contact Dr. Dahlgren via email at or by phone at (716) 673-3701/

Program information can be found online, at…, as can the application for the program online at

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