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Ewing BOE Announces New Antheil Elementary School Principal


June 23, 2020 

At its June 22nd meeting, the Ewing Township Board of Education approved Mr. Clifford “Kip” Harrison as the new principal of Antheil Elementary School. 

Mr. Harrison’s selection marks the conclusion of a process that began in January, and was delayed slightly as the district navigated the COVID-19 public health crisis.  The principal position opening was advertised widely and over 70 applications were received.  A principal search committee consisting of community stakeholders with expertise and relevance interviewed the top 12 candidates, with three finalists being recommended for final interviews with the superintendent’s district administrative team. 

Harrison Mr. Harrison will assume his duties as principal of Antheil School on July 1st. 

Mr. Harrison has been with the Ewing Schools since he began his career in education as a Teacher of Health and Physical Education at Ewing High School in 1995.  Over the past quarter of a century, Mr. Harrison has held many positions in the district as he worked his way up the administrative ranks.  He became a Dean of Students at Ewing High School in 2005 and served as Assistant Athletic Director for EHS from 2010-2016 and Supervisor of the afterschool ALP program from 2015 to 2017.  In 2017, Mr. Harrison joined Principal Ed Chmiel’s administrative team as an Assistant Principal where he has supervised several academic departments, served as assessment coordinator, I&RS committee chair and building security supervisor. 

Mr. Harrison’s work with young people goes beyond the school and classroom setting.  He was the Head Baseball Coach at Mercer County College from 2003-2006, and led the Blue Devils Baseball program from 2006-2014.  He has also served a counselor for several athletic and youth camps. 

Mr. Harrison earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rowan University in 1995, and his Masters of Education with Distinction from Cabrini College in 2014. 

“We are excited to have Mr. Harrison take over as principal at Antheil School,” Superintendent Michael Nitti stated.  “For twenty-five years he has worked very hard to promote achievement for Ewing students.  He has proved to be an effective administrator for us, and we believe he will establish an immediate positive connection with the Antheil school community.” 

“I offer my congratulations to Mr. Harrison,” added Board President Lisa McConnell.  “We look forward to his contributions to the Antheil School community.” 

Over the summer, there will be a “Welcome Reception/Open House” to introduce and welcome Mr. Harrison.  If the public health conditions continue to improve, the district would like to have it “in person,” perhaps outside.  As always, monitor our communication portals for updates!