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Mr. Michael Harris

Mr. Michael L. Harris has returned to Southampton Township Schools as the Interim Superintendent of Schools and will serve the district until a new educational leader is selected.

Mr. Harris retired in January of 2021 after he enjoyed a forty year career in education. Twenty-six years of his career were spent in the Southampton School District and he served as the Superintendent of Schools for 16 years. Mr. Harris was selected as the 2018 Burlington County Superintendent of the Year by the Burlington County Association of School Administrators.

Prior to becoming the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Harris served as the school's Director of Special Services from 1994 until 2005, and was also the School #1 Principal from 1996 until his appointment as superintendent.

Mr. Harris began his career in education at Ben Franklin Elementary School located in the Pennsauken School District in 1980. He was a special education teacher of a self-contained class for students classified as emotionally disturbed.  Mr. Harris's career culminated with his selection as a Governor's Teacher Recognition Program recipient in 1988.

In July of 1988, Mr. Harris accepted his first administrative position as the Supervisor of Instruction for the Camden County Educational Services Commission. He remained in this position until his employment in Southampton that began in 1994.

Mr. Harris graduated from Glassboro State College in 1979 with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Education.  He earned his Master of Arts in School Administration from the same institution in 1986.

Michael resides in Hainesport with his wife of 39 years Debbie. He has two adult children Alyssa Gentile and James Harris.
His personal interests include being an avid Phillies, Eagles and Flyers fan, a military
history buff, serving as a Global Volunteers’ Team Leader on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana reading, traveling and being the loving owner of two Chihuahuas named Grant and Little Cow. Above all, he is the adoring grandfather of Lily Grace Harris, Leo James Harris, and Jack Harrison Gentile.