The Pennsbury board of school directors recently announced the appointment of Dr. Theresa Ricci to serve as the interim superintendent of schools for the Pennsbury School District for the month of July. Current superintendent Dr. William Gretzula is retiring on June 30. Dr. Thomas Smith, Pennsbury’s newly-appointed superintendent, will begin his tenure in August.
Ricci was selected following an interview process of qualified internal candidates.
“I am honored to be selected by the board to serve our community as the interim superintendent,” she said. “The focus of my work leading up to the arrival of Dr. Smith on Aug. 1 will be to collaborate with our talented administrative team and our board to establish a pathway for success in the coming school year. I am excited to engage with stakeholders and provide leadership in anticipation of the 2021-22 school year.”
Ricci has served as the director of secondary education since 2018 for the district. She also served as the principal of Charles Boehm Middle School and assistant principal of Pennwood Middle School. She began her tenure in the district in 2004 as a social studies teacher. Ricci is a graduate of Boston College, The College of New Jersey, and the University of Pennsylvania, and received her doctorate in educational leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University.
The board approved the appointment of Ricci to the position of interim superintendent for the time period of July 1-31 at its school board meeting on Thursday, May 20. The Bucks County Intermediate Unit served as the facilitator for this process at the request of the Pennsbury board of school directors. This service was provided by the Bucks IU at no cost.