The Pelham School Board enthusiastically announces the selection of Dr. Eric “Chip” McGee as the next Superintendent of the Pelham School District. Dr. McGee will assume his leadership duties on July 1, 2020.
Dr. McGee brings with him a wealth of experience and extensive leadership qualities from his 20+ years in education. He currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent in the Methuen School District. Prior to joining Methuen in July 2019, he spent 15 years with the Bedford School District as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (11 years) and Superintendent of Schools (4 years). Before he became an administrator, Dr. McGee taught algebra, global studies, and physical science in New York City. He possesses a tremendous depth and breadth of experience, including building and renovation projects, strategic planning, technology initiatives, and collaboration to implement effective solutions in a wide variety of areas.
Dr. McGee holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University; received a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University; and earned his Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. Dr. McGee is recognized as a dynamic, innovative, and well-respected administrator, and was honored by the NH School Administrators Association with the Outstanding Service Award in 2009.
We are fortunate to have found Dr. McGee, as he brings his passion and a shared vision to the District, and has a demonstrated history of commitment to high quality education in the communities he has served. Please join us in welcoming Dr. McGee to our Pelham School District family!
Dr. McGee shared his own excitement about joining the Pelham School District. “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve the community of Pelham. Over the years, I have seen Pelham lead the way in New Hampshire in many ways including its ‘Future Ready’ approach to technology integration. I was drawn to Pelham because of its strong and supportive community, and I look forward to helping the young people of Pelham continue to thrive. In the coming weeks, I will find ways to introduce myself to parents, students, teachers, staff and the whole community; we will figure it out despite the challenges of school closure. Thank you for this opportunity.”
By way of background, the Pelham School Board had formed a Superintendent Search Committee in February, which included our three principals, teachers, union representation, SAU administrators, and community members. Just as the interview process was ready to begin, we found ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee navigated the world of video conferencing and conducted two rounds of remote interviews. When the stay-at-home order was extended until May 4th, we decided the selection of a new Superintendent could not be delayed; therefore, the Committee adjusted the search process accordingly.
After the second round of interviews, the Committee was unanimous in its support of moving Dr. McGee forward as the finalist for our next Superintendent. Due to the challenges of organizing and facilitating additional video conferences for staff and the community, the difficult decision had to be made to forgo public receptions, and to move Dr. McGee to the Board for final interviews. This was not the ideal process, but we truly believe that this was in the best interests of our entire Pelham School District community, especially considering the circumstances of our current environment.
We will plan to hold a public reception for Dr. McGee as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted to give the staff and community the opportunity to meet and welcome Dr. McGee as our next Superintendent.
Superintendent of Schools