Dr. Pfennig has served as a Senior Associate for HYA since 2013. He has been the leader/co-leader for 36 superintendent searches in six states (Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island), 33 of which have been in concert with the HYA in Schaumburg, IL.
Dr. Pfennig, founder of Lessons Learned, LLC, earned a BA in English from Monmouth University and Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Education Administration and Leadership from Seton Hall University. He was an English teacher in Cranford, NJ, and Middletown Township, NJ from 1972-1980. Dr. Pfennig was a Principal and Assistant Principal in Keyport and Glen Ridge, NJ from 1980-1988. He successfully led four school districts as Superintendent of Schools between 1988 and 2011 (Keyport, NJ; North Plainfield, NJ; Morristown, NJ; Pocono Mountain, PA). Dr. Pfennig served the State of New Jersey as Deputy Commissioner of Education from 2002-2005. From 2011-2014, Dr. Pfennig served as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Cortland, specializing in organizational and educational leadership. He was the first recipient of an endowed chair at SUNY Cortland, the Louise M. Conley Chair in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Pfennig trained as a professional negotiator through the Harvard, MIT, Tufts University Negotiations Project in 2000-2001, and the American Management Association in 2006. As Deputy Commissioner of Education representing the State of New Jersey, Dr. Pfennig served as an advisor to the School Construction Corporation in 2002-2005, and on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Deputies’ Leadership Commission, Washington (DC), where he presided as President from 2004-2005. Dr. Pfennig served as a member of the Pennsylvania State University Educational Outreach Advisory Board (2009-2012) and as reader for ETS Chief School Administrator Praxis Examinations (2009-2012). He also served as a member and Vice President of the Middletown Township Board of Education (1982-1985).