Contact Us

For more information, please contact our Program Director:

Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey
B40 Plassmann Hall
(716) 375-4026

To Apply

For application instructions and materials, please visit our site:

 Or contact:

Phone: (716) 375-2021


The SBL Advanced Certificate program is designed for elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors seeking to become school principals. This offering is 24 hours in length, and includes coursework in curriculum development, school finance and law, supervision, leadership and school-community relations. Six (6) hours of equivalent coursework may be accepted for transfer with the approval of the program director.

The SBL program is offered via a unique "hybrid" format. Each class meets 3 times (on Saturdays) per semester, with the rest of the course work completed online. The setting for these Saturday sessions alternates, by semester, between the University’s Olean and Hamburg locations. The SBL program offers fall starts and can be finished up in four semesters with no summer classes.  With program director approval, a spring semester start in the program may be possible.

The SBL program meets NY course requirements for SBL certification.

With six additional credits, SBL students can receive the MSED in Educational Leadership.

SBL program requirements

Admission to the SBL programs requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 or better GPA
  • Teacher or school counselor certification
  • Three years of K-12 school experience
  • References (two, at least one from a supervising principal or superintendent)
  • Interview & writing sample

News, Publications & Research

More News

Program Brochure

Learn more about our Educational Leadership programs in our electronic brochure.

Gibbs, Greg K.

Retired Associate Professor of Educational Leadership; former Department Chair
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Educational Leadership

Courses that I have taught at St. Bonaventure University: 

  • EDUC 500. Research Methods 
  • EDL 515. Leadership in the Principalship 
  • EDL 523. School Law 
  • EDL 524. School Finance 
  • EDL 538. Designing Curriculum for Standards Based Education 
  • EDL 599A. Practicum for SBL Certification 
  • EDL 599B. Internship for SBL Certification 
  • EDL 610. Negotiations 
  • EDL 620. The Superintendency 
  • EDL 630. Central Office Leadership and Planning 
  • EDL 698A. Practicum for SDL Certification 
  • EDL 698B. Internship for SDL Certification 
  • Ph.D., Educational Administration, SUNY Buffalo 
  • M.S., Curriculum, SUNY College at Buffalo 
  • B.A., Elem. Education, SUNY College at Fredonia
  • Phi Delta Kappa Howard Soule Fellowship for Educational Leadership Awarded for Dissertation Research – 1993; 
  • NYSCOSS (NY State Council of School Superintendents) Scholarship Award – 1989; 
  • New York State PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Fellowship for Graduate Study – 1986; 
  • University of Connecticut at Storrs, 6 hours in educational psychology, 1986. 
  • Interim Vice Principal, Tapestry Charter School, Buffalo, N.Y., August through November 2014; also served as principal for three weeks during that time frame.
  • Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, St. Bonaventure University, July 2004 - January 2014; Educational Leadership Department Chair, June 2008 - 2014; received tenure and promoted to associate professor in February 2009.
  • Research Fellow, Research/Evaluation/Development Group, Syracuse University, Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY; July 2004 - present 
  • Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, Educational Leadership Department, Plassmann Hall B-42, St. Bonaventure University; July 2009 - Present  
  • Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, Educational Leadership Department, Plassmann Hall B-42, St. Bonaventure University; July 2004 - 2009 
  • Director of Instruction, Hamburg Central School District, Administration Building, 5305 Abbott Road, Hamburg, NY 14075; 2001 - 2004. 
  • Elementary school principal, Williamsville Central School District, Maple East Elementary School, 1500 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221; K-4 elementary school of approximately 700 students and employing approximately 100 adults; 1995 - 2001. 
  • Elementary school principal, Hamburg Central School District, Boston Valley Elementary School, 7476 Back Creek Road, Hamburg, NY 14075; PreK-6 elementary school of approximately 400 students and employing approximately 50 adults; 1991-1995. Also served as district coordinator for elementary curriculum and instruction from 1993 - 1994. 
  • Supervisor of Curriculum Development, Erie 1 BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), 2 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086; served 21 separate school districts across Western New York coordinating staff development curriculum efforts; 1988 - 1991. 
  • Co-coordinator and teacher of the gifted and talented; Lockport City School District, 130 Beattie Avenue, Lockport, NY. 14094; 1986 - 1988. 
  • Coordinator/teacher of the gifted and talented; Clyde-Savannah Central Schools, 15 Glasgow Street, Clyde, NY 14433; coordinated K-12 G/T program and taught grades 3-9; 1983 - 1986. 
  • Assistant general manager, Kramer Volkswagen, Tonawanda, N.Y. 14150; served in a variety of managerial positions in our family-owned business; 1977 - 1983. 
  • Elementary school teacher; Williamsville Central School District, Maple East Elementary School, 1500 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221; 1971 - 1977. Also served as primary 2-3 team leader from 1975 - 1977. 


  • “Tooting Your Own Horn?” Management in Education, vol. 22, no. 1.  To be published January 2008. Available at 
  • Presented a paper at Intellectbase International Consortium Education Conference in Atlanta, GA., October 2007. “A Leadership Imperative,” co-authored with Rene Wroblewski. 
  • Presented a paper at Pi Lambda Theta International Conference on  Synergy in Leadership titled “Empowerment by Whom?” March 2007. 
  • Presented at the International Phi Delta Kappa Educational Conference in Washington, DC, in October 2006: “Providing Ongoing Opportunities of Leadership Development." 
  • Presented a paper at the Academic Business World national conference in Nashville, TN., in May 2006: “Providing In-house Leadership Development." 
  • “Growing Your Own Versus Mentoring.” AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. Summer 2005/vol. 2, no. 2. American Association of School Administrators. Arlington, VA p. 32-34. 
  • “Breaking the Parental Involvement Barrier,” New York State School Boards Association publication “On Board,” Albany, NY, April 19, 2004, pg. 9. 
  • “Bookmark Involvement Practices for Teachers” in Educators’ Notebook on Family Involvement, vol.5, no. 7, March 2004. Published by The Parent  Institute. Fairfax Station, VA 
  • Gibbs, Greg K. “Improving Bus Behavior by Teaching Kids to be Bus Buddies.” The Fourth and Fifth Rs newsletter, vol. 5, issue 1, Winter 1999.  Published by the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, Education Department SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY
    Quoted in “Using Rubrics to Assess Teacher Portfolios.” Francesca Plain. Principal. January 1999. vol. 78 no. 3. National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA Pg. 49-50. 
  • Gibbs, Greg K. “Building Support Through Communication.” Classroom Leadership. May 1998. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA 
  • Gibbs, Greg K. “Problems with Portfolios.” Principal. March 1998. vol. 77, no. 4. National Association of Elementary School Principals. Alexandria, VA  pg. 72-74. 
  • Brown, Jordan. “Funny You Should Say That: Use Humor to Help Your Students." Creative Classroom. September/October 1995. Quoted and interviewed. pgs. 80-81. 
  • Idea included in the “Quest for Excellence and Equity in Education:  Possibilities Catalog,” produced by the New York State Department of Education, Albany, N.Y., 1994, page 253. 
  • Gibbs, Greg K. and Brown, Jordan. Humorology: A Curriculum and Resource Guide. Trillium Press.  New York, NY 1990. ISBN 0-89824-506-3. 70 Pages. Second Printing, 1997. Royal Fireworks Press, Unionville, NY and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 
  • Gibbs, Greg K. “General Systems Theory: Implication for Educational Organizations and Administration.” May 1990. ERIC document ED 323 590. University of Oregon; 48 pages. 
  • Gibbs, Greg K. “Effective Schools Research: The Principal as Instructional Leader.” June 1989. ERIC document ED 308 587. University of Oregon; 22 pages. 
  • “The Times and Triumphs of American Women: An Educational Kit;” One of the documented researchers. Published by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY 1986. ISBN 0-9610622-1-5, 80 pages. 
  • Gibbs, Greg K. Willowby’s World: Activity Book(s); a series of two story book-workbooks designed around Bloom’s Taxonomy for use with primary aged children. Trillium Press, New York, NY. 1984. 



  • National level American Legion Award of Appreciation in Recognition for  Outstanding Service to the American Legion’s Education Program from the  National Americanism Commission presented at the New York State  convention, May 2007 
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, nominated through St. Bonaventure University, Ninth Edition, 2004-2005 
  • Distinguished Service Award, Southtowns Teacher Center, July 2004 
  • Distinguished Service Award, SAANYS, School Administrators Association of New York State, July 2004 
  • New York State Parent Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award, June 2004. 
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, nominated through Daemen College, Eighth Edition, 2003-2004 
  • Received Life Membership in New York State PTA (Parent Teachers Association), 2001 
  • Recipient of Gerald Read Fellowship for $1,500 to cover educational travel expenses from Phi Delta Kappa International, 1997 
  • Area Coordinator’s Annual Service Award for Outstanding Service to the entire 6G Area of Phi Delta Kappa International, May 1994 and May 1996. 
  • State University of New York at Buffalo chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, President’s Award for Research, 1995 
  • Recipient of the Howard Soule Graduate Fellowship for Educational Leadership from Phi Delta Kappa International. One of five recipients nation-wide. Received $750 to fund dissertation research and thesis preparation, July 1993 
  • Employee of the year at Erie 1 BOCES Instructional Development Center, 1991 
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities, State University of New York at Buffalo, one of 20 recipients universitywide, 1990 
  • NYSCOSS Scholarship Award (New York State Conference of School Superintendents), received $1,000 for administrative graduate study, single statewide recipient, 1989 
  • NSPRA Award of Honor (National School Public Relations Association), for public relations work done regarding the G/T program while at Lockport City Schools, 1989 
  • New York State PTA Fellowship, one of 11 recipients statewide, received $500 for graduate study, 1986

I believe in expanding opportunities and learning to all students through a comprehensive plan of theory, practice and reflection. I attempt to provide opportunities to expand candidates’ learning and experience with practicing experts in the field while allowing time for skill development, theory into practice sessions, and increasing the opportunity for effective reflection. Debriefing that reflection to capitalize on the strengths of all candidates is key within the course development. 

Candidates need to hone their own unique skills and grow in ways to strengthen their creativity and flexibility so they can adapt and be the leaders that the schools of tomorrow needs. The structure of the student course work and my own teaching is based on best practices in the field with a constant eye on what an evolving administrator needs to develop to face the challenges of the future. 

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS Empowerment and the training path for potential educational leaders 
  • Involved in the American Legion – Commander of local squadron, county commander, vice commander at district level, state level commander’s aide, and chairmen of state level legislative commission, currently state commander 
  • Member of Alumni Board of Directors for SUNY College at Fredonia, currently serving as vice president, 2006 - present 
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo-Niagara Youth Choirs, Inc., 2005 - present 
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Southtown Teacher Center, 2002 - present