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Leon Spencer

Member of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University

Location
Greater Philadelphia Area
Industry
Education Management
Current
  1. Cheyney University,
  2. Pro Musica Studio
Previous
  1. Chester County Intermediate Unit,
  2. The Tatnall School,
  3. Borough of Kennett Square
Education
  1. Westminster Choir College
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Cheyney University

Cheyney University

Member of the Council of Trustees

– Present

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Background

Summary

1. Educator specializing in choral and instrumental music including conducting; experienced in teaching elementary, middle and high school students in public and private institutions; as co-owner,I am experienced in the business operations of a music school
2. Personnel specialist for a major insurance company; experienced in employee relations including benefits, policies and procedures, and recruitment; also served as an underwriter for the same company with an emphasis on commercial risks
3. Experienced in governmental service; served as the mayor of the Borough of Kennett Square, Pa. for 11 years; activities included supervising police operations, responding to citizen concerns, preparing and delivering speeches and representing the borough in the larger Chester County community
4. Former board member of organizations in Kennett Square and Chester County, Pa. as well as Newark, Ohio; served in a leadership role with the Kennett Consolidated School District Board, Chester County Intermediate Unit Board, Second Presbyterian Church of Newark, Oh., the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square, the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley and the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square

Specialties:Music education and performance; community relations; human resource management
Lead singer/bassist for an R&B band
Bassist/vocalist for a jazz/easy listening quartet
Member of the Brandywine Valley Chorale
VoiceOver/Narrator/PA Announcer talent

Experience

Member of the Council of Trustees

Cheyney University
– Present (8 months)Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

I was nominated by Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania and received confirmation from the Pennsylvania State Senate to serve on the Council of Trustees for Cheyney University. My term runs from 2014 (April) until 2020.

Co-owner

Pro Musica Studio
– Present (19 years 10 months)

Pro Musica Studio is a music school providing private lessons to over 300 students per week. Founded in 1995, there are 15 teachers currently on staff who provide instruction in voice as well as brass, percussion, string and woodwind instruments. Guitar and piano lessons are also provided.

Community Liaison

Chester County Intermediate Unit
(2 years)

Working with the CCIU Admissions Specialist, I assist in promoting Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to high school students throughout the county. This is a parttime position.

Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid

The Tatnall School
(4 years 1 month)

My responsibilities in this role included all facets of campus-wide student enrollment including reenrollment and recruitment. I reported to the headmaster and worked closely with all members of the administrative team. I was also responsible for managing an office staff and a $1,900,000 financial aid budget.

Mayor of the Borough

Borough of Kennett Square
(11 years)

For the years 1999 through 2002, I completed the unexpired term of my predecessor. Subsequently, I was elected to 2 terms of 4 years each. I chose not to run for re-election

Head Start Supervisor

Chester County Intermediate Unit
(5 years 1 month)

As the Head Start supervisor, I assumed management responsibilities for 53 employees. Over 430 preschool children were enrolled. It was my duty to see that the program remained in compliance with Head Start performance standards as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I managed an annual budget that averaged $2,600,000.

Commercial Underwriter/Personnel Specialist

State Farm Insurance
(8 years 3 months)

I served as a commercial fire underwriter in the Ohio Regional Office for a few short months before being promoted to the personnel office. As a personnel specialist, I was engaged in all aspects of human resource management including performance evaluations, grievance procedures, recruitment and hiring/terminations. I transferred to the Pennsylvania Regional Office in April of 1991.

Music teacher/Choir Director

Newark Public Schools
(11 years 11 months)

I was a music teacher/choir director at Central, Wilson, Roosevelt and Kennedy Jr. High Schools. I also taught at Gahanna-Lincoln H.S. during this timeframe.

Languages

  1. Spanish

Skills

  • Teaching
  • Music
  • Policy
  • Non-profits
  • Public Relations
  • Customer Service
  • Customer Relations
  • Mentoring
  • Community Outreach
  • Budgeting
  • Volunteer Management
  • Program Development
  • Public Speaking
  • Budgets
  • Higher Education
  • Event Planning
  • Staff Development
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Nonprofits
  • Community Development
  • Team Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Program Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Training
  • Grant Writing
  • Career Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Curriculum Development
  • Event Management
  • Recruiting
  • Instructional Design
  • Classroom
  • Educational Leadership
  • Music Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Instructional Technology
  • Tutoring
  • Educational Technology
  • Special Education
  • K-12
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Technology Integration
  • Teacher Training
  • Classroom Management
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Education

Muskingum College

Bachelor of Music in Education, Music Education

Attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey for graduate studies in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting

Activities and Societies: Class V.P., President of Student-Faculty Center Board, DJ on college radio station WMCO, member of A Cappella Choir

Honors & Awards

Martha Holden Jennings Scholar (for teaching excellence) - 1984
Newark (Ohio) High School Service Award - 1990
Rotary Service Beyond Self Award - 2010

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