Lower Merion schools chief to step down

Lower Merion School District superintendent Christopher McGinley will depart his post at the end of the academic year, according to a letter sent Tuesday to district students and parents.

McGinley is leaving for an associate professorship at Temple University, where he’ll also help lead the College of Education’s certification program for aspiring school administrators. His last day will be June 30.

McGinley said in the letter the move came as “an incredibly difficult” decision but the job at Temple “provides a unique opportunity" to contribute to his profession and help prepare a new generation of school leaders.

“This work is my personal and intellectual passion,” McGinley said. “I am looking forward to giving back to the university where I learned how to teach and where I earned my principal certification.”

McGinley started his career as a special education teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, where he worked for more than a decade in various positions. He served as executive director of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and as superintendent of the Cheltenham Township School District before joining Lower Merion six years ago.

The Lower Merion School District board will move Tuesday evening to appoint assistant superintendent Wagner Marseille to acting superintendent, effective July 1, according to a statement issued by board president Melissa Gilbert.

In a process expected to carry beyond June 30, the board will work with a recruiting firm to undertake a “comprehensive national search” for McGinley’s permanent replacement.

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