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Gwendolyn Jennings Kidney (formerly Gwendolyn Williams)
Class of 1958
Gwendolyn retired from the Miami-Dade Public Schools, Miami, Florida, in 2003, after serving for 35 years in that system. She also worked an additional five years with the Cleveland, Ohio Public Schools. Gwen served in various administrative capacities with Miami-Dade, the last 12 years as Assistant Superintendent. She was an exemplary administrator for 28 and was only the second African American female appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent. Gwen was responsible for supervising and creating numerous programs in the school system, among them counseling services, psychological services, exceptional student education, college assistance program, occupational and physical therapy, intergroup relations program, substance abuse prevention programs, personnel records, leaves of absence, unemployment compensation, Americans with Disabilities Act implementation, retirement services, and many others. Gwen is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations. She is the recipient of a multiplicity of awards and honors (a total of 77) for outstanding leadership in education from professional and community organizations at the federal, state, and local levels; and has been appointed to serve on special task forces and committees by the Governor of the State of Florida and the U.S. Department of Education. Her master's degree was earned from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; and a bachelor's degree was earned from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has also completed post-graduate studies at various universities in Florida and Pennsylvania. Gwen is a proud 1958 graduate of Westinghouse Senior High School.