Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
With over 28 years of experience in administrative and educational leadership, Dr. Bedden has developed a results-oriented reputation for improving academic performance, working with diverse groups, increasing community/business engagement, implementing systems-thinking, and providing a positive school and work environment. He has demonstrated effective leadership skills in, but not limited to, standards and performance-based practices, human resource management, fiscal management, and community/business partnerships. Throughout his career, he has focused on improving efforts to serve the whole-student by empowering staff, improving academic program offerings, equity of access, and supporting students' career and technical education preparation to help them become college, career, and life ready. For 18 years of his career, he has had the privilege to serve as a Regional (Area) Superintendent or District Superintendent of Schools in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia serving majority Caucasian, African-American, and Hispanic student populations ranging from 5500 to 200,000 students, 750 to 5000 employees, overseeing 10 to 58 campuses, with budgets between $72 million to $500 million. Dr. Bedden has served on several advisory committees and as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions of higher education, teaching course(s) in educational leadership related to school law, principal preparation/certification, superintendent preparation/certification, teaching, and learning.
He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), a master's degree in Educational Administration from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. He also completed Harvard University's Graduate School of Education Leadership Institute for Superintendents and post-doctoral courses in School Business Leadership at Wilkes University.
In September 2020, Dr. Bedden, began his tenure as the Superintendent of Schools for Centennial School District (CSD). Prior to joining CSD, he served as the Superintendent of Boyertown Area School District where he led the school district's efforts to meet the needs of a changing school district, fiscal challenges and systems thinking while also maintaining an academic performance that meets or exceeds the current performance standards outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. During that time, Dr. Bedden was able to successfully negotiate a new teachers’ contract, a new transportation contract, settle the unresolved stadium renovations, lead the district through a facility rightsizing/boundary rezoning process, and end the fiscal years with a budget excess. The work in Boyertown also included efforts to introduce and implement social-emotional learning and trauma-informed schools. He is a steering committee member and instructional facilitator for AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy.
His education career also includes service as a High School Principal, Subschool Principal, Director of Athletics, and middle school teacher. He has extensive experience serving on local, state and national committees, boards of community and business organizations as well as several professional associations. Dr. Bedden has been a keynote presenter, panelist, panel host, guest columnist, radio show participant, educational consultant, and advisor for several organizations across the nation on a variety of educational and leadership topics. He has published, contributed, or been featured in several professional and local publications or newspapers such as Phi Delta Kappa, Executive Education, District Administrator, SMARTBUSINESS, Reading Eagle, and Comcast Newsmakers, and others.
To contact Dr. Dana T. Bedden:
Centennial School District
48 Swan Way
Warminster, PA 18974
Telephone: 215-441-6000 x 11002