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CHS Alumnus Dr. Brian W. Scriven ’83 Tapped as Cheltenham School District Superintendent

brian scrivenELKINS PARK, PA (September 22, 2021) - Following a national search, Dr. Brian W. Scriven, a 1983 graduate of Cheltenham High School with nearly two decades of experience as an educational administrator, has been selected as the superintendent of the Cheltenham School District. Board president Pamela Henry announced the board will vote on the appointment prior to next Tuesday’s educational affairs committee meeting. Dr. Scriven’s first day on the job is slated for Monday, Nov. 1. 

“The board is thrilled with Dr. Scriven’s homecoming,” Henry said. “Throughout the interview process, we were moved by Dr. Scriven’s track record of effective leadership, strong relationships, strategic vision, and a unique understanding of the issues Cheltenham faces. 

“The board loves what Dr. Scriven brings to the district. A well-rounded leader we believe is the perfect fit for the district and community, Dr. Scriven decided to ‘Choose Cheltenham.’ We are excited to collaborate with him as we continue our journey to excellence, high achievement and equity for all students.”

The award-winning Dr. Scriven brings tremendous energy and a collaborative nature to Cheltenham, in addition to a stellar mix of academic and operations experience. The skills he’s honed in the past decades include leading change and school improvement; developing, coaching, and advocating for school administrators; improving teaching and learning, professional learning and growth; and facilitating collaboration to mobilize resources and support for schools.

Dr. Scriven began his career in education in 1992 in the business education department at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) in Gwynn Oak, Md. A year later, he was named as the school’s first African-American football coach. In the time since, Dr. Scriven’s professional purpose has remained constant: Be a force to connect with, invest in, guide and model the students he serves. 

“I hold high expectations for all students and will speak positivity into their lives,” he said. “Unlocking potential, changing trajectories, and empowering students to want more of themselves is what has driven me and will continue to drive me as an educator. As an administrator, this passion transcended to my leadership commitment of developing adult educators as leaders.”

Since January 2020, Dr. Scriven has served as the BCPS Chief Administrative and Operations Officer (CAOO), a role he took after a short stint as the BCPS Secondary Education Executive Director of School Support. For the five years before his return at BCPS, Dr. Scriven was the director of high school instruction for Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, implementing instructional programs and special services. He began the administrative portion of his career in 2004 when he was appointed principal of Woodlawn Middle School before becoming principal at Woodlawn High School in 2008. In each post, Dr. Scriven guided the schools out of state-related governance issues. Review Dr. Scriven’s resume>

Ensuring a smooth transition with multiple opportunities to meet and hear the stakeholder perspective on what's going well and what they see as areas for improvement are among Dr. Scriven’s top priorities coming into the school district. 

“I want to engage and understand the culture and climate of the district,” he said. “I will review quantitative and qualitative data and establish critical next steps based on the findings. While reviewing the district profile, I appreciated the successes and could relate to the identified challenges. The transparency resonated with me.”

A West Oak Lane native, Dr. Scriven attended Germantown Friends before his family moved to Wyncote in 1980 prior to his sophomore year. At Cheltenham, Dr. Scriven was a first-team all-league running back and defensive end in football before moving on to play offense and defense at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University.

Dr. Scriven earned his doctorate from Morgan State University in 2019 in urban educational leadership, and a master’s degree in supervision and leadership from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 2000. He has bachelor’s degrees in business education (1992) and business management (1987) from Bloomsburg.

“What I’m looking forward to most are the students, their families and community at large,” he said. “I've been away for a long time and I’m excited about the opportunity to reconnect and engage with a community that's extremely important to me.”

The proud parents of adult daughters Heather and Brittany, Dr. Scriven and his wife Stacey are in the process of relocating from Maryland to Cheltenham.

In the coming months, CSD will host a variety of welcoming events for Dr. Scriven to get to know Cheltenham students, staff and community and learn about the issues and concerns most important to them. Information about these “meet-and-greet” opportunities will be communicated widely via email, website and social media.