Dr. Peter Morikis is the Emergency Manager of the Gary Community School Corporation.
Previously, he served as superintendent of schools in neighboring Griffith Public Schools for 14
years. While in Griffith, Dr. Morikis executed a successful and sustainable financial plan. He
implemented the 8-Step Academic Process and saw gains in achievement and graduation
rates. Under his leadership, Griffith High School was recognized on the National AP Honor Roll.
Since joining the team at the Gary Schools, Morikis has led the charge to cut the District’s deficit
in half, rejuvenate STEM and visual arts at the middle school level while expanding the offerings
for pre-K and full-day kindergarten. With youth being his main focus, Morikis is often quoted as
saying, “This is a child’s world, and we are fortunate enough to work in it.”
Morikis can be found throughout the community spreading the mission and message of the
Gary schools. He is eager to partner with organizations and businesses that support the
advancement of the Gary schools. Morikis’ professional journey has included roles as an
elementary teacher, principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and personnel.
He obtained his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University and his
Superintendent’s License, Ed.S and M.S. in Educational Leadership as well as an M.S. and B.S
in Elementary Education from Indiana University.
A loving husband and father of four, Morikis resides in Gary, Indiana.