Tim Matheney established the Spire Leadership Group in 2017 after spending more than 25 years as an educator, public policy leader, and non-profit entrepreneur. He recently served as the founding Executive Director of the highly-acclaimed Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders and Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership from 2015-17.
Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Tim oversaw 14 at-risk school districts, including Newark, Atlantic City, and Camden, as Chief Intervention Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). In that role, he was responsible for monitoring the education of 135,000 students. Tim joined the Department in 2012 to lead the implementation of the state’s landmark tenure reform act, serving as the lead architect of the performance evaluation system for the more than 100,000 public school educators in state.
From 2004 to 2012, Tim was the principal of the award-winning South Brunswick High School (SBHS), one of New Jersey’s largest schools. Under his leadership, SBHS was designated a National School of Character, honored on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll, and named as one of “America’s Best High Schools” by Newsweek magazine.
A cum laude graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, Tim is the author of Leadership that Lasts: Seven Actions Toward an Enduring Impact.