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Dr. Marilyn Martinez Named Interim Superintendent of Allentown School District

Dr. Marilyn Martinez Named Interim Superintendent of Allentown School District
Posted on 04/19/2021

ALLENTOWN, PA — The Allentown Board of School Directors approved the appointment of Dr. Marilyn Martinez as interim superintendent at a special meeting on April 19, 2021. 

In conducting its search, the board engaged the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators to post the open position. The board’s search committee then worked with PASA to review and interview interested and qualified candidates to serve on an interim basis as the board seeks a permanent superintendent.

“We are pleased to announce that Dr. Marilyn Martinez will serve as our interim superintendent. She offers experienced leadership to Allentown during this period of transition,” said Nancy Wilt, Board President. “Throughout this search process, we have looked for a forward-thinking school administrator who has the skills and experience necessary to lead our district. We believe we have found that in Dr. Martinez.”

Dr. Martinez will fill the vacancy left by current Superintendent Thomas Parker, whose last day in the district will be Friday, April 23. She will lead the district starting Monday, April 26 and is expected to remain in the position until a permanent replacement begins.

Dr. Martinez is an experienced educational administrator who currently works with school and district leaders to improve their systems and meet their goals. She is an adjunct instructor at Holy Family University, where she teaches graduate courses on The Principalship and Theories of Educational Leadership. In the past, Dr. Martinez was superintendent of the Pennsauken Public Schools in New Jersey and served as interim executive dean at Camden County College. She was also an educational consultant with Norris Square Community Alliance and served in various administrative roles in the School District of Philadelphia. Dr. Martinez holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University.

Additionally, last week ASD issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a firm to lead the search for its next permanent superintendent. To be selected by the end of May, this firm will help the Board of School Directors move forward with the next phase of the search process. This summer, the board will begin recruiting and screening candidates. Board members aim to begin interviewing the selected candidates and make a final decision by September. 

For more information on the RFQ and the superintendent search, please visit the ASD website, at