Bethlehem, PA: The Board of School Directors of the Bethlehem Area School District is proud to announce their intention to appoint Dr. Jack P. Silva as the next Superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District effective July 2023. The Board of School Directors will vote to approve Dr. Silva at their April 24, 2023, School Board Meeting. Dr. Silva will succeed Dr. Joseph Roy who has served as the District’s Superintendent since 2010.

Dr. Silva began his career in the Bethlehem Area School District in 2010 as the Assistant Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer. He is recognized as a state and national leader in improving students’ reading achievement, establishing school-community partnerships, and creating career pathways in support of graduates’ post-high school success.

“I am confident Dr. Silva will continue to keep the BASD moving forward as the premier District in the Lehigh Valley. Under his leadership as Assistant Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer, our students have been given access to new curricular opportunities and have grown academically,” said School Board President Michael Faccinetto.

Prior to his position in the BASD, Dr. Silva served as an Administrator in the Souderton Area School District. His roles included Principal, Assistant Principal, and Director of Secondary Education, Director of K-12 Education. He taught social studies in Souderton Area School District and Central Bucks School District.

Dr. Silva received his Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, his Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Kutztown University, and his Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Silva is also Built by Bethlehem attending Fountain Hill Elementary School, Broughal Middle School, and graduating from Liberty High School in 1982. He is a lifelong resident of the School District and both of his children graduated from Liberty High School.

“It is an honor to be presented with this opportunity,” said Dr. Silva. “I am looking forward to building upon the excellent work being done by our faculty and staff, as well as extending BASD partnerships with the Bethlehem community. We are blessed to live, learn, and grow in this wonderful school community where each person matters and everyone has a path to a brighter future.”

The Board of School Directors looks forward to many successful years working together with our new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack P. Silva.


About the Bethlehem Area School District

The Bethlehem Area School District is the 6th largest school district in Pennsylvania serving nearly 14,000 culturally and economically diverse students in 22 community-based schools. The district serves five municipalities: City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Hanover Township, Freemansburg, and Fountain Hill. The district enjoys numerous community partnerships with universities, businesses, and arts providers that extend the schools’ rich curricular and co-curricular offerings.


Information provided to TVL by:
Barbara Clymer
Communications Coordinator
Bethlehem Area School District
1516 Sycamore Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017