Superintendent Search Updates

  • This page will keep you posted on the latest updates for Cheltenham School District's search for a superintendent to succeed Dr. Wagner Marseille, who resigned effective June 30, 2021.  

    The board has retained the national search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to conduct the search for the district's next superintendent. The HYA search process includes four phases: engagement, recruitment, selection, and transition. The engagement phase consists of designing and planning a process of engaging the board and stakeholders through interviews, online surveys and focus groups. Information from these interactions will assist the board in developing a leadership profile and selection criterion to match the community’s priorities and meet the unique needs of our CSD students. This disciplined, inclusive, and research-based approach ensures all stakeholders have an opportunity to participate in the search process and provides valuable feedback about the school district to assist the search firm better understand our district in the broader marketplace. 

Successor Superintendent Qualifications

  • After seeking extensive input from students, parents, district staff, teachers, and community members via interviews, focus groups, and a community survey, the Cheltenham School District Board of Directors seeks a strong, progressive and transformational educational leader. Interested candidates should review the documents linked below. Application deadline is July 17, 2021.

Community Input Survey

  • To assist the CSD Board of School Directors in the identification and selection of a successor superintendent, the board seeks input from the Cheltenham community and its stakeholders. HYA designed the survey below to solicit your perceptions of the district and its services to students, and the survey asks you to identify the most important characteristics for the district's next superintendent based upon your perception of the district. Your feedback will assist the board in understanding your perspective as candidates are recruited, screened and interviewed. The survey closes Friday, May 28.
     

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Dr. Nancy Hacker Named CSD Interim Superintendent

  • Dr. Nancy HackerElkins Park (May 5, 2021) - The Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors approved Dr. Nancy Hacker as the district’s interim superintendent by a unanimous vote at Tuesday evening’s virtual special board meeting. Also by unanimous vote, the board agreed to engage the superintendent search firm Hazard Young Attea & Associates (HYA) to conduct a national recruitment effort to find the district’s next superintendent. 

    Dr. Hacker, who retired as the Springfield Township School District Superintendent in December after serving in that role since August 2012, will fill the role Dr. Wagner Marseille will be vacating effective June 30, 2021, to take the superintendent position at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. Dr. Hacker will begin her first interim stint on a date to be determined. READ MORE>>

Board Statement on the Resignation of Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille

  • The Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors learned Thursday evening that Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille was resigning his position after six plus years. I appreciate Dr. Marseille’s service and wish him well in his new endeavor. He’s left an indelible impression on this district.

    Moving forward in a thoughtful, yet expeditious manner, the board will identify and appoint an interim superintendent, and engage a consulting firm to assist us in our search for a permanent superintendent. Please be assured the search process will include ample opportunity for community and stakeholder input about the desired characteristics of our next superintendent. We will keep the community well informed throughout our search process.

    Finally, please rest assured that the district continues to be committed to advancing the important initiatives started during Dr. Marseille’s tenure.

    Joel I. Fishbein
    President, CSD Board of School Directors

SUPERINTENDENT WAGNER MARSEILLE RESIGNS

  • Dr. Wagner MarseilleAfter six plus years, Cheltenham School District Superintendent has resigned his position. He informed the board in a meeting on Thursday, April 8. 

    “Thank you to the Cheltenham community, staff, faculty, students, and community partners for allowing me the privilege of serving as the superintendent for a school district about which you carry a deep affinity,” he offered in his letter to the community.

    In a statement, board president Joel I. Fishbein said, “I appreciate Dr. Marseille’s service and wish him well in his new endeavor. He’s left an indelible impression on this district.”

    Moving forward in a thoughtful, yet expeditious manner, the board will identify and appoint an interim superintendent, and engage a consulting firm to assist them in their search for a permanent superintendent. 

    The search process will include ample opportunity for community and stakeholder input about the desired characteristics of CSD’s next superintendent. The board will keep the community well informed throughout our search process.