David E. Baugh, Ed.D., a 2017 graduate of the Executive Ed.D. program, is Pennsylvania's Superintendent of the Year.
Seton Hall graduate and Centennial School District superintendent David E. Baugh, Ed.D., has been named the 2020 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year. Baugh is 2017 graduate of the College of Education and Human Services' Executive Doctorate in Education program. Program director Jan Furman, Ed.D., congratulated Baugh on his achievement, saying, "David was an outstanding student and continues to be an outstanding educator. We look forward to his continuing contributions to our field of educational leadership."
The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) announced the award noting that Baugh "has demonstrated visionary leadership in education to positively impact administrators, teachers, families, students and the larger community stakeholders. His forward thinking, planning and collaborative leadership ensures the greatest impact on student and district outcomes."
Among Baugh's accomplishments, he partnered with the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to provide brain-based research and Growth Mindset training for staff to impact planning, implementation, and content delivery in classrooms using a dynamic and interactive approach.
In his current role, Baugh is focused on changing how people view their work and deliver instruction. According to the PASA, under his direction, the district is creating systems that value important metrics, create cultures of community and respect, and support students and educators. Baugh has been credited with expanding access to AP courses, providing leadership support for the implementation of full-day kindergarten, updating the K-12 curriculum, launching a Spanish immersion program, restructuring middle and high school schedules and programs, among other innovations.
A former member of his leadership team noted that, "Dr. Baugh is a man of outstanding character who will always passionately speak the truth, no matter how difficult, even in the face of great adversity, to ensure that the voices of his diverse students will never be silent."
Baugh will be recognized at a special PASA luncheon on Monday, December 16 in Warminster. As the Pennsylvania honoree, he and 49 other state honorees will be recognized in February during the AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, California.
"Seton Hall has had a significant impact on my leadership style and approach. My time at the University was demanding, rewarding, challenging and one of the best experiences a leader could hope for. The professors, courses, advice, leadership resources and the friendship with the cohort provided me with growth opportunities that were invaluable and stay with me to this day."
– David E. Baugh, Ed.D., 2020 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.
About the Executive Ed.D. Program
The Executive Ed.D. program provides an accelerated doctoral degree exclusively for certified and practicing K-12 school administrators. Students who represent 30 states and seven countries, are part of a cohort team with opportunities for professional exchange and collaboration. In support of a fast start on the dissertation, each student is matched with a full-time staff member who serves as adviser/mentor from the start.
The 54-credit program provides a convenient hybrid course schedule that takes place on-campus and online. The coursework can be completed in 2 years, while the dissertation and the degree can be completed in an additional semester depending on student focus. Weekend sessions meet 3-4 times per year and are rounded out with an 8-day Summer Session in mid-July.