Randy J. Asher (Facilities Management BS '95) has been a professional educator in NYC for 22 years and in addition to the UB A&P Dean’s Council, he currently serves on the executive boards of the Headmasters Association, the NYC Council of Supervisors & Administrators, the Cahn Fellows at Teacher’s College, and the New York Academy of Public Education.
Beginning his career as a teacher of mathematics and architectural drawing in 1996, he soon started coaching both the math and wrestling teams. Asher established a "School-to-Work" initiative as co-founder of the Tottenville High School Architecture & Engineering Internship Program, he built a robust conflict resolution program, and assisted in the supervision of original student research for competition and publication. For a short time he served as Assistant Principal of Mathematics & Computer Science at Brooklyn Technical HS before being asked in 2002 to serve as Founding Principal of the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College.
As the first class of students at the highly regarded school were graduating in 2006, Mr. Asher was asked to return to his former school and assume the mantle of leadership as Principal of Brooklyn Technical High School. During his tenure, he was responsible for daily operations and managed a $57 million dollar annual operating budget, nearly 400 employees, and over 5,500 students. 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 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. In 2016, Mr. Asher was promoted to Master Principal of Brooklyn Technical High School and asked to serve as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Talent Management & Innovation. In this role, he would mentor the acting principal at Tech while creating and implementing a strategic plan to effectively reduce the large pool of employees in excess due to disciplinary action or financial constraints.
Mr. Asher completed post-graduate fellowships as a Cahn Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University (2010), as a Math for America School Leadership Fellow (2015), and an Institute for Educational Leadership Policy Fellow (2015). 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 University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning with a Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management (Special Major). Mr. Asher has been recognized by the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools, having been awarded the Meritorious Service Award (2010), the Distinguished Service Award from the Math Association of America NY Metro Chapter (2014), and was named Distinguished Principal of the Year (2017) from the High School Principals Association.