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European edition, Wednesday, August 22, 2007

As students throughout the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe prepare for the start of the new school year, DODDS-Europe’s Education Division is preparing for a new chief.

Harvey Gerry, currently serving at the Department of Defense Education Activity in Arlington, Va., as chief of Education Policy and Legislation, will take over the position in October, according to a DODDS-Europe press release.

Gerry, who holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from Purdue University, a certificate of special studies in business administration from Harvard University, and a Masters of Education in education administration from Harvard Graduate School of Education, has also served as DODEA’s Education Division chief and chief of staff.

He has also been a pupil personnel services coordinator and an assistant principal.

“[Gerry] hasn’t officially taken over the position … he’ll take over when he arrives in October,” said Dennis Bohannon, DODDS-Europe’s public affairs officer.

Gerry will be in charge of the 80 curriculum and instruction system specialists who deal with the student programs taught by the 90 DODDS-Europe schools.

The Education Division provides a range of activities and events for students in all grades, including co-curricular events such as athletics, fine arts programs such as chorus and band, and programs such as National History Day, Future Educators of America, Junior Leadership, Junior Science Symposium and Odyssey of the Mind.

Gerry previously lived and worked in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he’ll be relocating with his family.

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