The name Sergiovanni is a familiar one to many leaders in Victorian government schools. The Developmental Learning Framework for School Leaders
used the five domains of school leadership identified by Sergiovanni as the conceptual framework. So it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Thomas J. Sergiovanni who died on January 4 2013 in Dallas aged 75.
Sergiovanni retired in 2009 after 25 years as the Lillian Radford Professor of Education and Administration at Trinity University. Author of more than 30 textbooks and numerous book chapters and journal articles, Professor Sergiovanni was an international scholar in educational leadership, particularly in the area of the changing role of the principal.
A senior fellow of the Center for Educational Leadership and founding director of the Trinity Principals’ Center, Dr. Sergiovanni often offered keen insights in the area of school leadership and influenced countless school leaders worldwide. In addition, he was named a “most exceptional scholar” in educational administration in a study published by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration in 2006, and he received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the 1975-2000 Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision and the Distinguished Research Award in Instructional Supervision from the American Educational Research Association in 1993. He was inaugurated into the laureate chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, in 1994.
He was known as an extraordinary teacher who developed courses that focused on real problems and learning challenges based on student performance. He had been a visiting professor at the Harvard Principals’ Center and at Teachers College at Columbia University. He was a significant, gentle, humane and influential educational leader and we acknowledge his contribution to the development of ethical leaders.