Randy J. Asher (Facilities Management BS '95) has been a New York City high school principal since 2002. Currently he leads Brooklyn Technical High School, the largest school in the nation, with an enrollment of 5,500+ students.
As head of Brooklyn Tech, he is responsible for daily operations and manages a $57 million dollar annual operating budget and nearly 400 employees. Asher has also led the development and implementation of a $40 million facility modernization plan for Brooklyn Tech's approximately 600,000 square feet of space. In addition, he launched and nearly completed a $21 million fundraising campaign, "Sustaining Excellence," to refine curricula, enhance facilities, offer support and professional development to faculty, and provide transformational learning experiences for students.
Serving as liaison to Brooklyn Tech's 50,000+ member Alumni Foundation, he has helped facilitate the growth of the organization to manage current assets exceeding $14 million. His instructional vision includes initiatives in blended and online learning environments to increase New York City students' access to advanced coursework and to implement the premier pre-engineering secondary instructional program in the United States.
Prior to becoming principal, Asher served as an assistant principal for mathematics and a teacher of both mathematics and architectural drawing. He has also coached both the competitive math team and the wrestling team. Asher established a "School-to-Work" initiative as co-founder of the Tottenville High School Architecture & Engineering Internship Program, and is a leading educator of gifted high school students.
Asher completed a post-graduate fellowship as a Cahn Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010. He is pursuing his Doctorate in Instruction Leadership at St. John's University, where he earned his Professional Diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision. He holds a MS in Secondary Mathematics Education from Wagner College, and is a proud graduate of the bachelor of science in facilities management at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning.