O’Connell, Bridget

Bridget O’Connell, Ed.D. has served as the Superintendent of the Palisades School District (Bucks County, PA) since August 2011. During her tenure she has demonstrated student-centered leadership with a focus on promoting academic excellence, customized learning and community partnerships. As superintendent, she has received leadership awards from the Red Cross, National School Development Council, Blended Schools Network, and she was named a top five Superintendent to watch in 2015 by the National Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. In addition, she has collaborated with colleagues at both Google NYC and the U.S. Department of Education on issues related to technology in education.

She is a member of the St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital Board of Trustees and the Upper Bucks YMCA Board of Directors. Dr. O’Connell earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from Lehigh University where she remains actively involved as an adjunct professor in the College of Education and a correspondent for the Class of 1995.