2011 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Henry L. Grishman
Henry (Hank) Grishman has served as a New York state school superintendent for more than three decades. During those years, he has proven to be a strong leader and an educational visionary.
For more than 16 years, he has led the Jericho UFSD. And he has made dramatic changes, impacting not only students but also the staff and community. Grishman has upped the expectations for all students, integrated technology at all levels and recommitted the district to more and improved professional development.
Grishman's influence is felt beyond the boundaries of Jericho. He is the former president of both the Nassau County and the New York State Council of School Superintendents. He is on the governing board of the American Association of School Administrators and is actively involved in many other local, state and national organizations.
He began his education career in Rockland County, teaching both elementary school and middle school math in Haverstraw, N.Y. Moving up through the ranks, he served as an elementary principal in Yonkers, N.Y., and a middle school principal in Orange County, N.Y.
In 1978, Grishman became superintendent of the Sharon Springs Central School in Schoharie County. His superintendencies then took him to Port Byron (1981-87) in Cayuga County and then to Mohonasen (1987- 92) in Schenectady County.
In 1992, he returned to Long Island to become superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District before taking on his current role as superintendent of the Jericho School District.
An advocate of extracurricular and support programs for students, Grishman is a member of the State Central Committee of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and chairman of the Section VIII Superintendent's Board for Athletics.
He attended Penn State University, received a master's degree from William Patterson University and was enrolled in a doctoral program at New York University. He and his wife Jill live in Old Bethpage, N.Y., and have two sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.