WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (APRIL 18, 2017) — The Williamsport Area School District named Dr. Susan L. Bigger as assistant superintendent Tuesday night.
Bigger, who is currently the district's federal programs director, will replace Peter Chapla, who will leave the district this summer after serving three years in the role.
"I'm pleased to have Dr. Bigger join our executive team as the district's assistant superintendent," said Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers. "Already she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our administrative team, and I believe that expertise at a higher level will help confidently guide our district in a positive direction."
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the students and families of Williamsport and thank both the Board of Education and Dr. Bowers for their faith and confidence in my abilities to serve in this role," Bigger said. "I understand fully that the position comes with significant expectations and hope to not only meet these expectations but to surpass them."
When she moves into her new post on July 1, Bigger will bring more than 25 years of administrative experience that have prepared her well for this position.
Before coming to WASD in 2011, she held several administrative roles, including superintendent, assistant superintendent, federal programs coordinator and competitive grant writer, and was an interim principal in two elementary schools.
During her time at WASD, she has been instrumental in securing a competitive $2.1 million School Improvement Grant from the U.S. Department of Education that provided curriculum and professional development resources to improve student achievement at Williamsport Area High School. Additionally, she secured more than $2 million in Keystones to Opportunity grants that provided funding to improve and accelerate reading achievement through the implementation of a core reading curriculum, professional development, and support an expansion of the elementary Response to Instruction and Intervention strategies.
Bigger earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Bloomsburg University where she also earned her master's degree in reading. She received her principal curriculum and superintendent certificates from Bucknell University and her doctorate degree in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.