The Pennsbury School District’s search for a new superintendent may be over.

In a release Tuesday morning, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit announced Dr. Thomas Smith as the finalist candidate. The Pennsbury School Board selected Smith out of 22 applications and 10 interviews.

“I am very excited to join the Pennsbury School community,” said Smith. “Pennsbury has a strong reputation and from the comprehensive interview experience with the Board, I know that we share the same vision of providing a world-class education for Pennsbury students.”

Superintendent finalist candidate Dr. Thomas Smith.

Dr. Thomas Smith currently serves as Superintendent at Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey. He holds two master’s from The College of New Jersey and a doctorate from Seton Hall University, all in education.

Bucks IU laid out what the Pennsbury could expect with Smith as Superintendent.

“Dr. Smith’s recent work has focused on social-emotional learning and providing mental health programs for students. His other efforts include improving the cultural competency of staff and students and improving academic opportunities for all students.”

The School Board launched its search for a new superintendent in January 2021. Current Superintendent Dr. William Gretzula had announced his retirement the month last September.

As part of he search, the Bucks Intermediate Unit helped to sort through more than 11 hundred responses to a community survey. The survey sought to find what the Pennsbury community wanted in their new superintendent and used the criteria to help narrow the search.

The School Board has invited the community to meet Smith in-person on Wednesday, April 14. Smith will be in Keller Hall at Pennsbury High School West from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Bucks IU Executive Director Dr. Mark Hoffman moderating the forum.

Attendance is limited due to COVID restrictions and those interested must pre-register. The district will stream the forum for those who cannot attend.

Community members can submit up to two questions for the forum using this website.

“I look forward to working very hard for the community,” Smith said, “and partnering with the outstanding staff in Pennsbury to promote student achievement in academics, the arts, activities, and athletics.”

The School Board plans to vote in Smith at their meeting the following night, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

If Smith receives the Board’s approval, he will likely officially start on August 1, 2021.