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Universal Welcomes Greg Shannon as Chief of Schools

Greg Shannon - Universal Family of SchoolsThe Universal Family of Schools would like to officially introduce and welcome Mr. Gregory G. Shannon as the Chief of Schools.

Mr. Gregory G. Shannon, M.Ed., is a lifetime educator; having served twenty-six years as a classroom teacher, lead trainer, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Regional Superintendent, Deputy Chief and Superintendent of Schools.

Mr. Shannon, received his schooling in the School District of Philadelphia. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University, Mr. Shannon began working with the School District of Philadelphia as a Lead Trainer and Facilitator with the original Student Assistance Program. Mr. Shannon pursued his Master’s Degree in Education at Cheyney University, was invited to become a part of Lehigh University’s Educational Leadership Principal Intern program. Before completing the training, he was contacted to become the Principal of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in November 1999. He led a school that had a history of challenges with climate, academics and staffing, along with low student morale and parental involvement. In his five and a half years as Principal, he established a successful instructional program for primary and middle grades that exceeded PSSA averages, statistically improved teaching and learning opportunities for students and teachers, and developed an organizational design that aligned with school safety and climate standards.

While at Benjamin Franklin, he received the Keystone Award for Academic Excellence for school years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 and led the school in attaining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) four consecutive years exceeding state test score averages. In 2005, his success moved him to the District’s Central Office as the Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Transition and Alternative Education. In January of 2006, Mr. Shannon was selected by the CAO, to become the Regional Superintendent of the CEO Region. This specialized region represented twelve schools that were part of the Turn Around Specialist Program. This was a national model of leadership in education aimed to move the twelve schools out of corrective action within two years. Mr. Shannon was the lead liaison for the model and was responsible for the key performance indicators for all twelve schools and provided oversight and key support as the “Shepherd” to the twelve Principals called Turn Around Specialists.In July of 2007, the CEO Region was merged with the Restructured Schools Region to become the largest region in the School District of Philadelphia with 50 schools. Mr. Shannon, became the Regional Superintendent and assumed responsibility and leadership of this region.

In July 2008, Mr. Shannon served as the Regional Superintendent of the East Region where he serviced 25 schools and 20 thousand students in a K-12 alignment. In May 2013, Mr. Shannon was appointed as the Superintendent for the Chester Upland School District. The Child We Raise will lead the village…was the mantra that Mr. Shannon put in place for the Chester Upland School District.

Most recently, Greg attended Harvard University where he participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents. Mr. Shannon is a leader’s leader with the ability to mentor principals and school based staff to achieve their full potential and the meet the school district’s mission. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Shannon as one of the newest members of the Universal Family of Schools. We are looking forward to excellent outcomes in his new role.


Posted: January 17th, 2017