"Dr. Friez comes to us with strong academic and administrative credentials from a well-regarded comparator school district in our region..."
Jacob Wyland, Board President
On May 1, Dr. Melissa R. Friez was unanimously selected as the next Superintendent of Mt. Lebanon School District (MTLSD) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She will assume the position this summer, replacing the district’s long-time superintendent who is retiring.
Dr. Fritz currently serves as the Superintendent of North Allegheny School District, where she started at the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools in 2019. Previously, Mt. Lebanon’s new leader served as assistant superintendent of student support services and as assistant superintendent of instructional leadership in Pittsburgh Public School District. Dr. Frietz has also held the position of principal and began her career as a high school English teacher. “Dr. Friez comes to us with strong academic and administrative credentials from a well-regarded comparator school district in our region,” stated Mt. Lebanon School Board President Jacob Wyland. He went on to say, “The Board is confident that under her leadership, the District will continue to thrive and keep focus on the board supported initiatives.” *
The new Superintendent looks forward to leading the district of close to 5,500 students at its ten schools. “I have admiration for the achievements of the District and look forward to carrying Mt. Lebanon into the future while collaborating with students, staff, administrators, and community,” Frietz shared.*
The School Board for Mt. Lebanon School District hired Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to facilitate the search process that began in January of 2023 and led to a starting date of July 1, 2023. HYA Associates Dr. Monica Browne and Dr. Jim Capolupo collaborated with the district to find a superintendent who matched the leadership profile. “The Board, the administration, the staff, the parents and the community worked together with a common goal of finding the very best ‘fit’ for a Superintendent,” stated Dr. Capolupo. “We were honored and grateful to facilitate a process that ended up with an incredible result for the district and community. Mt. Lebanon is going to be on a trajectory of even more success”.