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Allentown School District Names Chief Academic Officer

Allentown School District Names Chief Academic Officer
Posted on 08/11/2022

ALLENTOWN, PA — At its August 11 meeting, the Allentown School District Board of Directors approved the hiring of Dr. Michael Q. Roth as the district’s chief academic officer.

Dr. Roth is an experienced and innovative educational leader with a demonstrated history of inspiring and leading individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve transformational results  in the Lehigh Valley. He has been serving in a consultant capacity with ASD’s grants department since February. 

Dr. Roth began his teaching experience with the Nazareth Area School District, where he quickly joined the district leadership team focusing on Curriculum and Instruction. He was eventually named assistant superintendent for the district. He has also served as the assistant superintendent in the Southern Lehigh School District, as well as superintendent of the Salisbury Township and Upper Moreland School Districts.

Additionally, Dr. Roth has worked in the private sector, with experience as the director of professional development for Discovery Education, the vice president of professional services for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and an analyst and consultant for diversity and inclusion strategist Dr. Derrick Gay.

“We are very excited to bring Dr. Roth to the Allentown School District in a full-time capacity, as he brings a wealth of leadership and academic experience to our district,” said  Dr. John D. Stanford, ASD Superintendent. “ASD continues to make significant investments to build capacity at the leadership level and better support our staff, students, and families.” 

The chief academic officer will provide strategic, data-informed, forward-thinking, and relationship-centered servant leadership for the programs and services in the Department of Whole Student Learning to best meet the academic needs of all students. In this role, Dr. Roth will be responsible for implementing the district’s educational policies, programs, services, and practices to address students’ academic achievement.

Dr. Roth holds an Ed.D. in education and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilkes University. He also holds several certifications and undergraduate degrees from both Lehigh University and Moravian University.