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Gary R. Snyder, EdD

Adjunct Instructor
  • Affiliate Member of the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving (CCPS) at Virginia Tech
  • OMALS Course Instructor (ALS 5104)
  • KAI Practitioner
  • Focus area(s): Leadership, specifically in the area of school designs and problem solving


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Delaware Valley University, 2019

M.A., Education Administration, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1992

B.A., Secondary School Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1985


Adjunct Faculty:

August 2020 – present: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. 

January 2020 – present: New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. 

September 2008 – present: NJEXCEL Program (New Jersey Expedited Certification for Educational Leadership), NJPSA/FEA, Monroe Township, NJ. 

High School Principal:

October 2003 – June 2019: Principal, Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ  

Selected Major Awards

  • 2020 – Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Pittsburgh, School of Education Department of Instruction & Learning 
  • 2019 – State of New Jersey, The Senate and General Assembly – Joint Legislative Resolution of Honor and Recognition as Principal of Princeton High School 
  • 2007 – New Jersey Teen Pep Principal of the Year, in recognition of initiating and supporting Teen Sexual Health program & LGBTQ student community, 


Program Focus

Consultancy work with school leadership teams on collaboration and problem-solving using the KAI Inventory tool. 

Program Focus

My research areas are related to leadership, specifically in the area of school designs and problem solving.

Reviewed Journals

  • Snyder, G.R. (2022). Improving Collaboration through Understanding Problem Solving Styles. Educational Viewpoints, 69-71.
  • Snyder, G.R. (2020). Updating School Designs 2020: A Review of the Literature. Educational Viewpoints, 74-76.
  • Snyder, G.R. (2019). A Mixed Method Study of High School Teachers' Perceptions of the Relationship Between 21st Century Pedagogy and School Design (Doctoral dissertation, Delaware Valley University). 
  • Snyder, G. & Baxter, J. (2019). It's about time: Later high school start time. Educational Viewpoints, 104-105.


  • Snyder, G.  A Successful Change in the Use of Time (school schedule) & the Process that Honored a Diversity of Problem-Solving Styles. Challenge Success Conference. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. (September 2023)
  • Snyder, G.  Knowing Problem-Solving Styles to Improve Your Collaborative Leadership Skills. Aspiring School Leaders workshop. NJPSA/FEA, Monroe Township, NJ. (September 2023)
  • Snyder, G. Using KAI and Cynefin Decision Making Framework to Solve Big Problems in a K-12 Public School District in New Jersey. KAI Annual Symposium. Remote via Zoom. (February 2023)
  • Snyder, G. Empowering and Engaging Stakeholders in a Change Process to Meet the Critical Issue of Student Wellness: A Retrospective Case Study. The 52nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Educational Planning. Remote via Zoom. (October 2022)
  • Snyder, G. Retrospective Case Study: A View Through the KAI Lens of a Successful Faculty Committee to Address Student Wellness Concerns in a High Performing High School. KAI Annual Symposium. Remote via Zoom. (February 2022)
  • Snyder, G. School Designs: Solutions to Intractable Equity Issues in Education? [Conference Session]. Fourteenth International Conference Design Principles & Practices, Advocacy in Design: Engagement, Commitment, and Action. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus, New York, USA. (March 2020 – Conference canceled; remote Conference held November 2020)
  • Snyder, G. A Mixed Method Study of High School Teachers’ Perceptions of the Relationship Between 21st Century Pedagogy and School Design. 4th Annual Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE), Las Vegas, NV. (February 2020)
  • Snyder, G., Baxter, J., & Mandelbaum, B. Building School Schedules to Support Healthy Adolescents. NJPSA/FEA Professional Development Series, Monroe Township, NJ. (Accepted for April 2020 – Conference canceled)
  • Snyder, G. & Baxter, J. Princeton High School: A 21st Century Journey to Increase Engagement and Equity. Educational Thought Leaders Conference, Kean University, NJ. (May 2018)
  • Snyder, G. Gangs in Princeton: Experienced by the High School Principal. Consortium on Gangs in New Jersey. Seton Hall University, NJ. (October 2007)
  • Snyder, G., Siso, A., & O’Grady, L.  If You Build It, They Will Come: Princeton High School’s Generation One Program. Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Annual National Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. (July 2006)