Dr. Gary R. Cooper, ASD Interim Superintendent
Dr. Gary Cooper was named as the Allentown School District’s Interim Superintendent effective August 1, 2016. Dr. Cooper, who worked as an Executive Coach for several Allentown School District administrators over the past three years, is slated to guide the District until June 30, 2017.
Dr. Cooper, who has 19 years of central office experience, has served in public education for 35 years in all facets of the educational system – a teacher, building principal and superintendent of schools. During this time, he prioritized curriculum and instruction as the primary tools of school improvement. He has further spent several years mentoring new and pre-service principals through employment in preparatory programs at the University of Buffalo and Cabrini College. He has a keen interest in leadership and has taught managers from all employment sectors over a four-year period in the Masters of Public Administration program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. For the past three summers, Dr. Cooper has worked with urban leaders from throughout the United States in the Urban Principals Academy at Lehigh (UPAL).
He currently serves as the Executive Director of the 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education in Conshohocken, PA. In this capacity, he works as a leadership consultant for STEM schools in Cairo, Egypt. He recently completed a two-year contract with the Memphis City Schools as an External Mentor for new principals. For the past several months, he has assisted Lehigh University as an Executive Coach in the Allentown Schools. Dr. Cooper has consulted with a number of schools districts in the Delaware Valley on management and STEM related issues.
Previously, Dr. Cooper was Superintendent of Radnor Township School District, Radnor, PA; Frontier Central School District, Hamburg, NY; and Sweet Home Central School District, Amherst, NY. He is a former Principal for Souderton High School, Souderton, PA, and Octorara Area High School, Atglen, PA; and a Vice Principal at Kennett High School, Kennett Square, PA. He taught at Holy Cross High School, Dover, DE, and Caesar Rodney High School in Wyoming, DE.
Dr. Cooper received his Ed.D., Educational Leadership, from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a M.Ed., Educational Leadership, and a M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Delaware. He completed his B.S. in Social Studies Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo where he graduated Cum Laude.
He is on the Board of Directors for 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education and the Math/Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia. Dr. Cooper is a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Association of School Administrators, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, and Worlds Futures Society.