David E. Baugh, Ed. D.



  • An innovative, servant leader committed to providing value to the organization served with vision, strategic thinking and passion for public education while honoring and recognizing the traditions that make communities
  • An award winning, high integrity district leader with a proven and accomplished track record in the service of students, families and


Selected Qualifications, Competencies and Accomplishments

*Administration, Supervision and Evaluation                          *Data Driven Decision Maker

*Professional Learning Communities                                       *Proven Fundraiser

*Adjunct Professor of Leadership                                            *Collaborative Leader

*Union Negotiation Expertise                                                  *Community Partner

*Student Oriented Budget Development                                              *Conference Presenter

*Designed Alternative Middle School                                      *Doctorate in Ed Leadership

*Launched an Alternative High School                                                *Strategic Thinker & Planner

*Member of PASA Governance Committee                            *PA Policy Fellow

Administrative Experience

Centennial School District

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS                                                                                2015-Present

  • Led a Program Quality Review Process for the district to evaluate the systems across the entire district.
  • Implemented a Distributed Leadership Project to develop capacity.
  • Oversaw the 2017-18 budget development of a $115,000,000 fiscal plan to improve teaching and learning.
  • Implemented the district strategic plan, including launching Full Day Kindergarten, as well as a three-year comprehensive technology plan including a one-one initiative 6-12 and iPad integration K-5.
  • Implemented a strategic partnership with The Franklin Institute around neurological ramifications for teaching and learning for leaders and teachers.
  • Designed and led an educational and technological change process to maximize individual customization including Genius Hour in all schools.



Neshaminy School District                                                                                                     2015


  • Designed and led the 2015 Leadership Retreat.
  • Began budget process for the 2016-17 school year, total budget approximately $170, 000,000.
  • Continued support for the District’s Road Map to the Future initiative with grade re-alignment and district reconfiguration.



Bensalem Township School District                                                                                       2011-2015


  • Oversaw $140,000,000 budget, including $78,000,000 renovation project with geothermal and solar
  • Initiated cutting edge STEM teacher education partnership with The Franklin Institute 2014.
  • Implemented Full Day Kindergarten 2012-2013.
  • Launched STEM Initiative. Multi-year phase-in beginning 2012-2013.
  • Launched a hybrid cyber-learning academy


Bensalem Township School District                                                                                        2009-2011


  • Oversaw multiple schools; provided building leadership support to elementary, middle and high schools. Four schools initially in corrective action were removed from state oversight in
  • Revamped Special Education Programming for Emotional Support Students.
  • Instituted Literacy Leadership Institute K-12 in Bensalem Township School District, July 2010


Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey School – Philadelphia, PA                                                             2005-2009 PRINCIPAL

  • Implemented a school reform model based on increasing teacher leadership and instructional effectiveness in a Pre- K-8 public school in one of the most under-resourced communities in

Primary instructional leader for Duckrey.  Managed complex multi-faceted partnership with Temple University Partnership Schools and the School District of Philadelphia including grant writing, designing independent curricu


Hillcrest Elementary School – Upper Darby, PA                                                                2002-2004 PRINCIPAL

  • Supervised a faculty and staff of 85 with 650+ students and coordinated a special education department with 16 teachers and over 120 special education students. (Hillcrest served as special education magnet school for the district).


Beverly Hills Middle School – Upper Darby, PA                                                                 2001-2002 ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

  • Administrative leader for 7th grade and parts of unified arts in one of the most diverse schools in



Gwynned Mercy/Cabrini/St. Joseph’s University – Philadelphia, PA                        2007-2017 ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Primos Elementary School – Upper Darby, PA                                                                   1996-2001 CLASSROOM TEACHER

Mercyhurst College – Erie, PA                                                                                                   1990-1994



New York State – Ithaca, NY                                                                                                       1986-1989




Seton Hall University – South Orange, NJ                                                                              2010

Ed.D. Education Leadership, Management and Policy

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA                                                                     1996

Master’s of Science in Elementary Education

State University of New York – Geneseo, NY                                                                        1986

Master’s of Science in Special Education.

University of Aberdeen – Aberdeen, Scotland                                                                     1984

Master’s of Humanities emphasizing psychology and philosophy.


St. Joseph’s University – Philadelphia, PA                                                                       2007

Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia PA                                                                  2001

Principal’s Certificate


Projects, Training, Service and Recognition

 Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, November 2017

  • Chair of Research and Development Committee, Pennsylvania School Administrators, Summer 2017, member of the committee since 2013
  • Presenter on Distributed Leadership—AASA, NSBA 2017
  • Middle Bucks Institute of Technology—Superintendent of Record—2016-2019
  • ESSA Study Teams-Pennsylvania School Boards Association/PDE–2016
  • Founding Board Member—Arctic Winds Healing Winds—Anchorage, Alaska 2015-present
  • Board Member—Church of the Advocate Center for Culture and Education—North Philadelphia–present
  • Chair—Board of Directors–Greater Philadelphia Cares 2008-2009
  • Elected—Executive Ed.D. Hall of Fame—Seton Hall University 2014
  • University of Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Study Council—Cabinet 2014-present
  • Pennsylvania Policy Fellow—2013-14
  • Bensalem Rotarian of the Year—2013
  • Rotary International –2011-Present
  • Presenter: Distributed Leadership Conference, University of Pennsylvania, March 2010
  • TELEOS Leadership for Coaching Institute, Philadelphia 2011-2012
  • DuFour Professional Learning Community Conference, July 2010—system improvement
  • Harvard University Institute for Superintendents, April 2010—leading system wide improvement
  • Penn-Annenberg Training for Lead Facilitator, June 2008—Data Driven Instruction and Professional Learning Communities for Student Outcomes
  • Penn-Annenberg, Distributed Leadership Pilot School, June 2006—2009
  • Fordham’s National Principal’s Leadership Institute, July 2006



Baugh, David. E. & Juliani, A. J.  “Maverick Teachers: How Innovative Educators Are Saving Public Schools” Routledge Press, 2018.

Baugh, D., Gilliland, B., Estep, J., DiRocco, M., (2017) Charter School Reform: Recommendations for Policy              Makers.  Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, White Paper, June 2017.

 Horvat, E.M. & Baugh, D.E. (2015) Not All Parents Make the Grade in Today’s Schools: Education

Reforms Have Added Choice, Raised Standards and Made Schools Safer Places but Parents Haven’t Acquired the Necessary Skills to Navigate This New Education Landscape. Phi Delta Kappan 96(7) pp. 8-13.

Horvat, E. M. & Baugh, D.E. (2014) Are You in Favor of Charter Schools? Why Are We Still Asking?

Phi Delta Kappan 96(4) p. 80.

Horvat, E. M. & Baugh, D. E. (2014). Review of “Better Data, Better Decisions: Informing School Choosers to

Improve Education Markets” and “A Crisis We Can Solve: Connecticut’s Failing Schools and Their Impact” Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center.

Drabick, D.A. & Baugh, D.E. (2008) A Community-based Approach to Preventing Youth Violence:

What Can We Learn from the Playground?  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action.