NAGC Names John Segota as its Next Executive Director
July 16, 2019

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has named John Segota as the organization’s next executive director.

Segota.pngSegota is a veteran association executive who has been with TESOL International Association for more than two decades, most recently serving as the associate executive director overseeing strategic initiatives, managing operations, and identifying growth opportunities. He will begin his tenure as the NAGC executive director on August 19.

“NAGC is thrilled to welcome John Segota as our next executive director,” said NAGC board president Sally Krisel. “John is deeply knowledgeable about membership associations, and he truly understands the importance of addressing the unique needs of all gifted and talented students. John has consistently demonstrated his commitment to equity and excellence in our nation’s schools.”

Segota earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and an MPS in Public Leadership from The George Washington University. He has also been conferred by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as a Certified Association Executive (CAE). His career highlights include establishing TESOL as an industry leader by instituting a well-regarded advocacy and public policy program and facilitating an organization-wide governance review and restructuring. Segota also shepherded a strategic initiative designed to outline foundational principles for the exemplary teaching of English learners, and he co-developed a summit of ESOL industry leaders to create an agenda for the future of the profession. In addition to his work at TESOL, Segota has served on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Literacy and the Title III State Advisory Committee for DC, and he currently serves on the Advisory Council for EnglishUSA. 

“Schools must meet the needs of all students, and this includes providing supportive environments where high ability and high-achieving learners can realize their potential,” said Segota. “I’m excited to work with the Board of Directors and staff of NAGC to help advance its mission and promote equity and excellence so that all gifted and talented children have opportunities to thrive.”

NAGC, founded in 1953, is a non-profit organization whose members are teachers, parents, administrators, academics, and researchers striving to help all gifted and talented children reach for their personal best.


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a membership organization whose mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. 

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