Alvin L. Garrison

As superintendent of Kentucky’s second largest independent school district–with more than 3,300 students and nearly 800 employees–Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Garrison is committed to the district’s motto of guiding students to dream…achieve…succeed.

Garrison wants to lead by example, as he knows firsthand how a quality education can transform a person’s life. He was born in Louisville and nine years later, moved to Elizabethtown, where his mother and grandmother raised him. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Western Kentucky University.

In his tenure as an educator, Garrison has served as coach, teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. He was the assistant principal and principal of Radcliff Middle School before taking the position of principal of North Hardin High School, where he led the school to become one of the top performing academic institutions in the state.

In 2013, Garrison became Superintendent of Covington Independent Public Schools - the fourth African American Superintendent in the Commonwealth. He is active in the community and serves on the board of several organizations. Garrison also serves as president of the Northern Kentucky Education Cooperative Services. He has received numerous awards including the Radcliff Optimist Club’s Achievement in Education Award, the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Education Award and the NAACP Judge Larry Smith Humanitarian Award.

Garrison has dedicated his life to working with and for children. He believes his journey will be complete when all students receive the education they deserve.

Garrison is married to his loving wife, Shannon.