whk superintendent William H. Kerr, Ed. D.


The Norwin Board of Education appointed Dr. William H. Kerr as Superintendent of Schools for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015. Dr. Kerr serves on the Boards of Directors for the Norwin School District Community Foundation, Norwin Community Foundation, Norwin Chamber of Commerce, and the Westmoreland County Public Healthcare Consortium.  Dr. Kerr serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. Recently, Dr. Kerr was appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland County.

Dr. Kerr earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in elementary education from Slippery Rock State College in 1973 and a Master’s of Science education degree from Duquesne University in 1978. He holds Pennsylvania elementary and secondary principal certifications from Duquesne University and the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1994, Dr. Kerr received a Doctorate in Education from the Department of Administrative Policy and Studies, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh. His dissertation explored career expectation shifts, school responses to those shifts, tax policy effects on a quality workforce and long-term investments toward the development of the region’s workforce.

Dr. Kerr served as a Visiting Fellow with the Department of Administrative Policy and Studies, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, in Fall 2007 to study the relationships between education and workforce quality. His fellowship focused on business-education partnerships, college and career pathways to jobs of the future, STEM Education, and the integration of academics, career education, and technology.

Dr. Kerr served previously as an elementary teacher and a principal in the Kiski Area School District, assistant superintendent in the Leechburg Area School District, and as superintendent of schools for Apollo-Ridge and Armstrong School Districts. Also, Dr. Kerr served Lenape Technical School as superintendent of record.

Dr. Kerr has a core belief that all children and youth should have access and equity to K-12 educational programs and services which will prepare Norwin students to succeed with 21st Century knowledge, skills and abilities. He also strongly believes that good citizenship and character education provide the foundation for student leadership development, academic success and service learning.
Dr. Kerr is a 2013 graduate of the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program. The Program brought together a diverse group of professionals who were interested in learning more about key policy issues while also enhancing their own leadership skills. Program participants held full-time positions in diverse organizations at the local, state, and national levels. The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a professional development program for individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education. The 10-month Program included monthly leadership forums in Harrisburg, a regional leadership forum at the United States Army War College and the Gettysburg Battlefield, and a policy seminar in Washington, D. C.