Becoming a better leader
by Madison Moore ’15

DelVal’s doctoral program in educational leadership is committed to addressing the needs of professional educators who want to prepare themselves for a leadership role in education. For Brian J. Swank ’17, getting a doctorate degree from the University will not only make him a better leader, but it will “open doors” for him that he didn’t even know existed yet.

In 2013, Swank became the assistant principal of a large suburban elementary school, Willow Dale Elementary, in Warminster, Pa. His passion is to give students and teachers the greatest experiences he can each day he comes into work and said that school is “truly the hub of the community.”

“I want children to enjoy coming to school and to be proud of their education,” said Swank.

Committed full-time to his career, Swank chose DelVal because the doctoral program was designed for working administrators. He is able to schedule his time in the program without compromising his commitment to the elementary school.

“Our professors understand that we are dedicated professionals,” said Swank. “We are taught by practitioners that bring real-world applications into the classroom.”

Swank’s degree from DelVal has already allowed him to advance his career. Often times, he is able to take what he learned from class and apply the skills at work the next week.

“The relevance of the learning is incredible,” said Swank. “The facility is state-of-the-art and the University takes good care of us.”