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The Owen J. Roberts School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has selected Dr. Michael Christian as the next superintendent of schools for the Owen J. Roberts School District.
Dr. Christian, who is the superintendent of the Garnet Valley School District, may assume his duties as superintendent of the Owen J. Roberts School District this summer; a specific date will be determined between the schools districts.
Dr. Christian comes to the Owen J. Roberts District with a variety of experience in education, including superintendent and assistant superintendent of schools at Garnet Valley School District. Additionally, he has been a middle school principal and assistant high school principal at Garnet Valley. Dr. Christian began his career as a high school English teacher in the Methacton School District, where he additionally served as the Director of Athletics.
Dr. Christian received his bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College, his master's in education from Arcadia University, his principal certification from Penn State University and his doctorate in educational leadership from Wilmington University.
"I am excited to join the Owen J Roberts School District," said Christian. "I look forward to working with the students, parents, teachers, administration and the School Board to provide quality educational opportunities for all students."
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Christian is also an active member of the community. He has been a youth coach for the YMCA and his local recreational association and previously served as a literacy volunteer. Dr. Christian and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Allison, Benjamin, and William.
Dr. Christian's professional achievements include being named a Pennsylvania Educational Policy Leadership Fellow and co-author of the Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon application for the award winning Garnet Valley High School. He has been invited to present at the National School Boards Association conference and the American Association of School Administrators conference.
Dr. Christian was selected after a six-month search conducted by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The OJRSD school board began advertising for the position in mid-November. By the application deadline of February 15, the school board had received over 30 applications from educators throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
From that pool, nine candidates were selected to be interviewed and four of those were called back for second interviews. From those four candidates, the board narrowed its search and conducted reference checks before selecting the finalist.
In addition, to determine the needs of the Owen J. Roberts School District and its community, a series of focus groups were conducted to develop a candidate profile and interview questions. A total of 11 focus groups were conducted with the following groups: district support staff, administrative staff, principals and assistant principals, faculty, high school students, parent-teacher leaders, and the community at large.
Opportunities to meet Dr. Christian are being planned for the near future.