James J. Lynch, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
East Greenwich (NJ) Board of Education
Dr. James J. Lynch began his teaching career in New Jersey over thirty years ago as a Teacher of Mathematics following graduation from Kean College of New Jersey, formerly known as Newark State College. Shortly thereafter he enrolled in a master’s degree program and obtained his degree of Master of Education in Educational Administration from Rutgers: the State University of New Jersey. While working in various leadership positions in a Pennsylvania school district, Jim obtained his degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Theory also from Rutgers. He holds New Jersey Professional Certificates as School Administrator, Principal, Supervisor and Teacher of Mathematics.
Dr. Lynch was appointed as Superintendent of Schools in East Greenwich in May 2013 and arrived at his position on July 1st. Prior to this appointment, Jim served for seven years as Superintendent in Burlington County, NJ, and previous to that assignment he spent 11 years as a principal of a comprehensive middle school. During his tenure, the school district was defined as a high performing district and his school achieved adequate yearly progress as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act. Additionally, he provided leadership to several innovative programs such as using the raising of Seeing Eye puppies to promote core values, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Curriculum for Teens and developing community partnerships among others. Additionally, Jim has taught at the university level. Over the past twenty years he has taught in the graduate education program at Widener University obtaining the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor, and for over ten years as an Adjunct Lecturer at Holy Family University in both their School of Education and School of Business. Dr. Lynch has taught graduate level courses in performance management, training and development, educational research, curriculum development and educational leadership. Jim ceased teaching at the university level when obtaining a superintendent position in order to devote all his time to that position. Furthermore, he has served as an organizational development consultant for organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration, RCA, First Fidelity Bank, police departments and communities designing and delivering training programs such as stress management, values in organizational behavior, and partners in problem solving to name a few. He has also served as a ‘life coach’ to professional athletes and coaches.
Dr. Lynch is or has been a member of numerous professional associations: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), American Society for Quality, National Staff Development Council, American Association of School Administrators and the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. He has presented on several occasions at the national ASCD conference and at the PDK Summit on Public Education in Washington DC. Jim has been a member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners and has been recognized for this service by the United States Department of Commerce. He is a trained facilitator in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Principle Centered Leadership and First Things First.
He has earned a ‘green belt’ in the Six Sigma Quality Processes and has been trained in The FiSH! Philosophy, The Literacy Leader, Pathwise/Frameworks Teaching and Learning, Benchmark Assessment, the three-minute walkthrough and new mathematical pedagogy through the Greater Philadelphia Math and Science Consortium. As a lifelong learner he currently participates in the University of Pennsylvania Superintendents Study Council.
Jim is the author or co-author of several articles, most recently (July 2016) Leadership and Spirituality in the Journal of Values-Based Leadership, and an article on Administrative Portfolio Evaluation for the PAL Network of ASCD. In 2004 he co-authored a book with Dr. Jack Ramsay on adapting athletic coaching skills to improving ones’ leadership ability and has assisted Sean Covey in the development of his books. He has received several awards including a Recognition Award from the National Hispanic Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees and the Caring Community Award from the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
Jim has been married for over 30 years, has two children and resides in Woolwich, New Jersey.