Gene Freeman, Ed.D., is superintendent of the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Prior to accepting his role at Fox Chapel Area School District, Dr. Freeman was the superintendent of schools at Manheim Township School District in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for six years. His tenure at Manheim Township School District was marked with improved academic outcomes and moving a multimillion dollar deficit in 2009 to a multimillion dollar surplus in 2013. During Dr. Freeman’s last year in Manheim Township, the district had a District Performance Profile of 94 percent and was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education in January 2014. Manheim Township High School was also named one of the best in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report rankings (2013) and received the College Board Honor Roll Award for AP participation. Manheim Township School District was also a founding district with the “Open Campus Initiative” lauded by then Governor Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 2012.
Previously, Dr. Freeman served as the superintendent of Weatherly Area School District in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Prior to the Weatherly appointment, Dr. Freeman was employed by the Public Schools of Robeson County in North Carolina. There he served as a middle school teacher, coordinator of initially licensed teachers, and executive director of support services.
Dr. Freeman is a Milken Educator Award recipient and a Fulbright Memorial Scholar, and was a National Board Certified Teacher. He has also had several articles published on best instructional practices and is the coauthor of “Integrating Science and Literacy Instruction.”
Dr. Freeman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He went on to earn his teaching certification and a master’s in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Freeman completed his Ed.S. at South Carolina State University and his doctorate at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.