New Superintendent Press Release

New Superintendent Press Release
Posted on 05/10/2016

Clinton Township

Board of Education

P.O. Box 6, Annandale, NJ 08801 (908) 236-7235


  Contact: Maria Grant Telephone: 908.236.7235. Email:  


Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent of Schools

drvillaniANNANDALE, NEW JERSEY – May 9, 2016 – At its meeting on May 9, 2016, the Clinton Township School District appointed Dr. Gina Villani as the new superintendent of schools, beginning July 1, 2016. She is replacing Dr. Drucilla Clark who will be retiring after serving as Superintendent for the past four years.

“The Clinton Township School district is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gina Villani as Superintendent. Dr. Villani comes to Clinton Township from the Nutley Public Schools where she has served as the Assistant Superintendent since 2011. Her extensive administrative experience coupled with her collaborative leadership approach will propel the district forward,”
said Maria Grant, President of the Board of Education. 

 In addition to her role as Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Gina Villani has spent the past seventeen years as an educator. She has extensive experience as an elementary school principal, curriculum supervisor and teacher.  Dr. Villani worked in the field of facilities management prior to her work in education.

 Dr. Villani earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Drew University, a Master’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Long Island University, C.W. Post, a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Kean University, and a Doctoral degree in Education Administration from Seton Hall University.  Her doctoral study, The Influence of Early Childhood Program Participation on Academic Achievement at the Elementary Level, afforded Dr. Villani the opportunity to deepen her understanding of the influence of early childhood education on academic achievement by grade three.  

 “While the staff of the Nutley Public Schools is saddened by the loss of this amazing educator, we are thrilled to have her lead The Clinton Township School District in the coming years. The Clinton Township School Board is delighted with the outcome of our search and look
forward to Dr. Villani’s advancement of our mission; in partnership with the community to achieve excellence for each child by ensuring a meaningful and challenging educational experience in a supportive environment, developing life-long learners who are responsible and productive citizens,” said Maria Grant, President of the Board of Education.