Gregory Wright named CEO of the Charter High School for Architecture + Design

Philadelphia, PA – April 29

The Board of Directors of the Charter High School for Architecture + Design (CHAD) is pleased to announce that a new Chief Executive Officer has been selected to succeed Peter Kountz, who will retire on June 30. Gregory R. Wright will be leading this unique charter high school, which employs a design-infused curriculum and a project-based learning approach while preparing CHAD students for success in college and beyond. 

Wright was selected through an extensive search process that began last fall, and was conducted by a search committee of the board, in conjunction with the executive search firm, Leadership Recruiters. Under Wright’s leadership, CHAD will focus on fortifying the school culture and unique learning environment, improving academic achievement, while building collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. 

Prior to joining CHAD, Wright served in administration and leadership roles in public education in this region. He is currently the Interim Principal/CEO of Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, PA. Wright served as Superintendent for the Bristol Borough School District where he created systems and structures to improve student achievement. He served as Assistant Superintendent and Director of K-12 Curriculum for the William Penn School District. Prior leadership roles include K-8 Principal for the Southeast Delco School District, and High School Principal at Franklin Towne Charter School. Wright’s instructional teaching role was as English Teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. Additionally, he has managed curriculum development and obtained numerous funding grants.

Wright has extensive education credentials, most notably a Masters in Education from Temple University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Drexel University. He has a Principal Certification from Temple University, and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from St. Joseph’s University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University.


Susan Poglinco
Charter High School for Architecture + Design, Board Chair

“The CHAD Board is encouraged to find a capable leader in Gregory Wright. He is enthusiastic about working with CHAD faculty, staff and the board to get CHAD to the next level, while simultaneously managing the challenges of running a public charter high school,” remarked Susan M. Poglinco, Ph.D., CHAD Board Chair. Gregory Wright commented “I look forward to working to improve all aspects of this singular charter high school to help it become a gem among charter high schools in Philadelphia.”     

The Charter High School for Architecture + Design was founded in 1999 by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as its Legacy 2000 Project.  *CHAD is the first public charter high school for architecture and design in the nation.