Montgomery Media: Christian ’95 Elected Superintendent of Owen J. Roberts School

May 2, 2012

Montgomery Media reported that Michael Christian ’95M.Ed. was elected the superintendent of the Owen J. Roberts School District by a unanimous vote by the Board. He earned his appointment following a six-month search in which nine candidates were interviewed of the 30 who applied, as reported by Laura Catalano of the Journal Register News Service.

“I am excited and looking forward to working with Dr. Christian to accomplish the needs of the Owen J. Roberts School District community as a highly productive team of 10,” Kleinfelter said Monday night.

Christian was introduced at the meeting by Chester County Intermediate Unit Executive Director Joseph O’Brien, who conducted the superintendent search.

“I think you have one of the very best superintendents in Pennsylvania,” O’Brien said of Christian. Christian has worked for Garnet Valley for 12 years, serving as superintendent for the last two years. Prior to that, he held positions as assistant superintendent, middle school principal and high school assistant principal.

According to a press release issued by the district, he began his career as an English teacher for the Methacton School District, where he was also the director of athletics. His three children attend school in that district.

Christian spoke briefly after being introduced.

“I’m so excited to become part of the Owen J. Roberts community,” he said, noting that he would begin by taking “a step back to listen to the parents, board, teachers and, most importantly, the students.”

After the meeting, he said he had chosen to come to OJR because “it’s a premiere school district with rich traditions and it is close to an area where I have established roots.”

Christian’s credentials include a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College, a master’s in education from Arcadia University, a principal certification from Penn State and a doctorate in educational leadership from Wilmington University.

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