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Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board Taps New Superintendent

After a comprehensive and competitive search process, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Wagner Marseille will become the district’s leader on July 1st of this year. 

Dr. Marseille earned his EdD in educational and organizational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009; served as an Assistant Principal, Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Superintendent, and Acting Superintendent in Lower Merion from 2007-2015; and has most recently led the Cheltenham School District as its Superintendent since 2015. He started his career as a teacher assistant, coach, classroom teacher and assistant principal prior to moving to Lower Merion in 2007. In addition to his doctorate, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership at Rider University. 

The School Board Directors believe that Dr. Marseille’s strong skills, vision, energy, and wide breadth of experience are an excellent match for Wallingford-Swarthmore’s current goals and for the future success of the district. Board President David Grande stated, “Faculty, staff, parent, and community members voiced the need for a strong educational leader that can strengthen relationships across ‘the Wallingford-Swarthmore family’, carry forward the work of excellence and equity for all, and will not let the district rest on its laurels. I am confident that Dr. Marseille will be the collaborative and visionary leader who will take us to new heights.”

Dr. Marseille is already planning his transition to Wallingford-Swarthmore and looking forward to meeting the many talented educators, engaged parents, and supportive community members throughout the district. “I am excited about leading this outstanding school district in this exceptional community. I look forward to engaging with the Wallingford-Swarthmore community and hearing experiences, hopes, and ideas that will shape our journey together in the years ahead.”

Speaking about the recruitment and selection process, Vice President Kelly Wachtman noted that Board members were very impressed by the quality of the applicant pool. The Board interviewed 12 of the original 30 candidates and spent many evenings and Saturdays with the top contenders. “After interviews, writing samples, and presentations, it was clear that the finalists all brought interesting and valuable skills to the table. In determining the best match for Wallingford-Swarthmore in 2021 and beyond, the Board unanimously supported Dr. Marseille and I’m delighted to welcome him to Wallingford-Swarthmore.”