At a special meeting on February 10, 2017, the Trenton Board of Education unanimously selected Gene Bouie to serve as its President. Mr. Bouie brings a wealth of leadership and management experience to the Board officer role having served as a senior level professional with over 40 years in management. He recently retired as a Senior Director at Educational Testing Service, a non-profit institution with a mission of advancing quality and equity in education. Mr. Bouie’s education includes an Associate degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Mr. Bouie was over 50 when he earned his first degree. He also possesses a Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification and hopes to apply those skills to identifying and improving the delivery of education services.
Mr. Bouie’s role as President of the Board will require him to serve as presiding officer at Board meetings and enforce the policies relating to the order of business and conduct of public meetings. He will also appoint Board members to a number of standing and ad hoc committees as well as signing legal documents, instruments, acts and orders necessary to carry out the State requirements and the will of the Board. The role further requires Mr. Bouie to partner with the Superintendent of Schools to set the agenda for each meeting and confer on crucial matters which may occur between Board meetings. He also seeks to establish productive relationships with the employee associations whose members serve the children of the District.
Mr. Bouie has lived in Mercer County for over a decade and a resident of Trenton for the past seven years where he stays involved in many community activities, particularly those involving young people. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Trenton Area YMCA and is an Advisor to the Executive Board of the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County. Mr. Bouie is passionate about education, beginning from early childhood all the way through to post- secondary education. His goal is to ensure that all Trenton students receive an excellent education, ensure that the manner in which learning and growth are measured is fair, valid and reliable. Finally, and just as important, that every student has the opportunity to live up to their potential and live productive and successful lives. Mr. Bouie says that the District mission should drive our work which is to serve the children in the District with achieving academic success.
Mr. Bouie expects to apply his forecasting and budgeting skills to the District’s funding and performance issues and will draw on his collaborative partnering experience to assist the Board in forging a stronger bond with the District’s students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff and other stakeholders. The Board is pleased to elect this passionate leader with an uncompromising focus on service quality and goal achievement, which will aid the District in fulfilling its mission of going above and beyond to help students succeed.