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Lehigh alumni take the reins at two area high schools

Two graduates of Lehigh University's College of Engineering will help students take their education to the next level as new principals of two area high schools.

Materials Science engineering alum David Finnerty '88 was unanimously selected as the next principal of Quakertown Community High School in Bucks County. The Pottstown resident completed his undergraduate degree at Lehigh before working in the field and later in the military as a combat engineer.

Finnerty had recently served as assistant principal of William Allen High School in Allentown.

For Robert Schultz '88, it marks a return to his high school roots. The civil engineering grad joined the high school staff of Upper Dublin School District over 15 years ago to teach math, later taking on the role as Math Coordinator and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development.

In June 2012, Schultz was named assistant superintendent of the district and seen as an eventual successor to lead the district.

That is, until the high school principal position became available.

"I enjoyed my time in the central office," Schultz explained, "[but I] missed the interaction with students and mostly with the staff ... the high school principal job is a wonderful opportunity to directly invest myself into the lives of students and staff members."

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