Dr. Penny Nixon, senior executive vice president of education/chief academic officer, prides herself in promoting academic excellence and a positive organizational culture. Dr. Nixon previously served the School District of Philadelphia for 20 years in various capacities. Prior to accepting the position of senior executive vice president/chief academic officer at Universal Companies, Dr. Nixon served as associate superintendent of schools, working directly with the superintendent to ensure that academic programs increased and maximized students’ success; regional superintendent, developing, supporting and evaluating principals; and as an academic coach, coaching and collaborating with school staff to improve learning outcomes. Throughout her 20-year career she has also served as a principal, teacher, facilitator and mentor, committed to making accelerated improvements in school quality and student achievement.
Receiving a great deal of recognition for her work in championing equality, access and excellence for all students, Dr. Nixon was recently awarded the Phi Delta Kappa International University of Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Educational Leadership Award, the Schoolmen’s Club President’s Award and the Philadelphia Coaches Association Administrator of the Year Award.
Dr. Nixon received her Doctoral Degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University.