Superintendent Philip H. Wagner, Ph.D. has been at the helm of the Licking Heights Local Schools since August, 2011. During his time with Licking Heights, the district has received a number of accolades and shown significant growth in student performance despite having Ohio's fastest growing student population.
Dr. Wagner came to Licking Heights from Beachwood City Schools in Northeastern Ohio where he held various administrative positions from 2004-2011, including his last appointment as that district’s Assistant Superintendent. He also served as Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the Hudson City School District from 1997-2004 and was a school psychologist for the Solon City and the Cleveland City school districts earlier in his career.
Kent State University awarded Dr. Wagner his Ph.D. in 2006 where he majored in educational leadership, minored in school psychology/special education and specialized in education law. He holds current education licenses as Superintendent, Elementary Principal, Pupil Personnel Administration and School Psychologist. He is a recipient of the 2016 Hall of Fame Alumni Leadership Award from Kent State University, as well as, a recipient of the 2015 William L. Hunter Distinguished Professional Award from the Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators for his work with the Ohio Minority Recruitment Consortium. Additionally, Dr. Wagner is a past recipient of the Bowman Fellow Award in Educational Administration from Kent State University and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Hudson City School District.
Dr. Wagner is a member of numerous public and private boards, including Central Ohio Technical College Advisory Board, Pataskala Campus; Kent State University’s School Psychology Advisory Committee; Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators; Ohio Minority Recruitment Consortium; Support Ohio Schools, Research and Education Foundation; and the BASA School Finance Committee. He also serves as a member of the Ohio Department of Education's value added advisory committee and diversifying the education profession taskforce. Dr. Wagner is a member of area civic groups including the Pataskala Rotary, the Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce and the New Albany Chamber of Commerce.