Trustee Leon Ross Spencer, JR.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Leon Spencer is a 1968 graduate of Kennett High School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio and attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey for graduate studies in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting.
He served as a music teacher in the Newark City and Gahanna-Jefferson school districts in central Ohio where he was also a church choir director and choral clinician. He was a member of the boards for the Licking County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers of Licking County, the Newark Ohio Kiwanis Club and the Council for Minority Affairs at the Ohio State University, Newark campus. In 1984, he was named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar for teaching excellence and received ordination as an elder in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in 1987.
He returned to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1991 and was voted to the Kennett Consolidated School Board in 1993 where he served as vice president. He was also president of the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors, secretary of the board for the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley and a member of the boards for Southern Chester County United Way and Kendal-Crosslands Communities. He also served as mayor of the Borough of Kennett Square from 1999 to 2010. Currently, he is vice chairman of the Chester County School Authority, member of the board of the Chester County Regional Education Service and president of the Kennett Square Borough Council. He is also co-owner of Pro Musica Studio in Kennett Square and is School To Careers Specialist for the Technical College High School, Pennock’s Bridge campus in West Grove. He also enjoys announcing football, basketball and wrestling for Kennett High School and performs with an R&B band called “Goodfoot.” Mr. Spencer resides in the borough of Kennett Square with his wife Kathryn.