PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson community is mourning the loss of popular educator Gerald Glisson. Glisson had been serving as the Principal of Operations at Eastside High School, a role he took over in July 2017.

Saying that “words cannot describe the magnitude of this loss,” Superintendent Eileen Shafer announced Glisson’s death Sunday evening. “Dr. Glisson will long be remembered for his strong integrity and steadfast character.”

Glisson, 46, leaves behind his wife, Michelle, and two daughters.

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According to online sources Glisson attended Neptune Township High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Delaware State University as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education and Teaching from New Jersey City University. In 2006 Glisson earned a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Phoenix. Glisson went on to earn a Doctorate from University of Phoenix in 2019. 

Regularly recognized by community groups for his commitment to public service, and especially the education of the students he oversaw, Glisson was also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

“We want our student-athletes to be competitive, we understand that emotions can run high in the heat of competition,” Glisson said in October after an altercation among players during a high school football game landed both sides participating in the District’s restorative justice program at Eastside High School’s new Peace Center. “But we never want our student-athletes to forget that your opponent is just like you – hungry and determined. Most of all, opponents are to be respected because the player who is your opponent today could be your teammate tomorrow, whether it is in a different league or in college.”


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