Nancy Hacker

Nancy Hacker 

ELKINS PARK -- The Cheltenham School Board appointed a temporary replacement during a virtual meeting ahead of Superintendent Wagner Marseille’s departure, the school district announced in a statement.

The nine-member board selected Nancy Hacker, former Springfield Township School District superintendent, to fill the position on an interim basis. Her start date has not yet been announced, according to a school district spokesperson.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Hacker as interim superintendent as we search for our next superintendent. Dr. Hacker brings an enormous amount of experience, expertise and wisdom to this role, and we are grateful to her for her service,” said School Board President Joel I. Fishbein in a May 5 statement.

Marseille announced his resignation on April 9, which is expected to take effect on June 30, following the end of the 2020-21 academic year. He is expected to start as superintendent of Wallingford-Swarthmore School District in Delaware County, a Cheltenham School District spokesperson confirmed last month.

“Thank you to the Cheltenham community, staff, faculty, students, and community partners for allowing me the privilege of serving as the superintendent for a school district about which you carry a deep affinity,” Marseille said in an April 9 letter to families and staff members.

Hacker received a bachelor’s degree in French from Cornell University, according to a school district spokesperson. She went on to earn a master’s degree in educational administration from Villanova University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University.

Hacker previously worked as a superintendent at school districts in Delaware County and New Jersey.

Hacker retired from her post in December 2020 after serving as superintendent at Springfield Township School District, according to a Cheltenham School District spokesperson. She held that position since 2012.

“I’m quite honored to be following in the wonderful footsteps of Dr. Marseille and I very much look forward to working with him during this transition period,” Dr. Hacker said during the virtual meeting. “I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate to be coming back to work in [Springfield’s] neighboring district which I’ve long admired.”

As Hacker prepares to assume the temporary role, Cheltenham School District board members also charged Hazard Young Attea & Associates, of Schaumburg, Illinois, to assist in finding a permanent leader.

This article was updated to reflect the accurate end date for Hacker's position as superintendent of Springfield Township School District.

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