Meet John George

Dr. John George, a recognized leader and advocate for public education with 35 years of experience, has held several prominent positions within the 16th Congressional District.  He is the former superintendent of the Warwick School District and the former executive director of the Berks County Intermediate Unit.  He currently serves as the executive director of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.  

As the chief executive officer for organizations with budgets upward of $200 million, he has successfully worked with elected officials from both political parties to improve education for children. In January 2014, the Reading School District was in financial and academic distress. The PA Auditor General stated that the district’s audit was the worst ever of a school district. Rather than allow the state to seize control of the school district, Dr. George organized a coalition of Republican and Democrat elected officials, business leaders, community leaders, and education officials to have the Berks County Intermediate Unit assume temporary control of the school’s district in order to address the district’s financial and academic deficiencies. While maintaining his role as executive director, Dr. George assumed the position of acting superintendent of the Reading School District. After one year, the district’s finances were stabilized, academic achievement began to rise, and the district was returned back to local control. His accomplishments in the Reading School District were recognized by the PA Senate and by the Reading Eagle, which named him Educator of the Year.

Prior to his work in Berks County, John George served as superintendent of the Warwick School District in Lancaster County, and as special education director at the Lancaster–Lebanon Intermediate Unit. He also served as a policy advisor for the PA Department of Education and as Assistant Director of Governmental Relations for the Washington, D.C. based National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Dr. George began his career as a special education teacher.

Dr. George earned his doctorate and master of education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. He completed post-doctoral studies at Temple University. He has authored several articles and publications, presented testimony to the U.S. Congress, the PA General Assembly, and the PA State Board of Education, and has spoken nationally on many issues related to public education.

John George has an extensive history of public service and community volunteerism. Dr. George has served on several community and education boards including the Association of Education Service Agencies, the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, the Berks Business Education Coalition, the Advisory Board for Penn State University – Berks Campus, the Berks County Workforce Investment Board, Berks County Crime Alert, Council on Chemical Abuse, Lititz Community Recreation Center, Lancaster County Children & Adolescent Service Systems Policy Committee, Right to Education Task Force, and many others.

Born in the steel mill town of McKeesport, PA just outside of Pittsburgh and as the youngest of nine children, John learned the values of honesty, integrity, hard work and humility from the examples set by his parents, Eugene and Mary George. Eugene worked many jobs over the years to provide for his family while his mother provided a loving and stable home. As a volunteer church organist for over 40 years at St Angela Merici Catholic Church, Mary taught her children the value of service. Despite the efforts of his parents to raise nine children, his family still relied upon public assistance to feed their family. John George has been a resident of Lancaster County since 1997 and is the proud father of two daughters, Sara and Jenny.  He is married to Susan George, mother of four daughters. George is a Civil War enthusiast and former football, basketball, track & field, and girls’ softball coach.