Upper St. Clair names new superintendent
The Upper St. Clair School Board named Dr. John Rozzo as its new superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2018. His five-year contract was approved during the school board’s meeting on Monday, April 23, 2018.
“Dr. Rozzo has been instrumental in steering our strategic planning process and has been a vital part of the district leadership for the past several years,” Amy Billerbeck, president of the school board of directors, said. “His understanding of the district's vision and commitment to our students and families give us great confidence in his ability to lead Upper St. Clair into the future.”
Serving as Upper St. Clair’s assistant superintendent since 2014, Dr. Rozzo will succeed Dr. Patrick T. O’Toole, who will retire from the district June 30, after a 39-year career in public education.
“On behalf of the entire school board, I’m very appreciative of Dr. O’Toole’s visionary leadership and service to the district,” Mrs. Billerbeck said. “Through purposeful and strategic succession planning, he has helped to ensure a continuum of quality leadership in Upper St. Clair.”
A member of the Upper St. Clair School District staff since 2005, Dr. Rozzo has been promoted to several administrative positions including assistant principal, middle school principal of academics, and supervisor of middle level education. He was appointed to his current role as assistant superintendent in 2014. Dr. Rozzo began his educational career in 1999 as a science teacher in the Brentwood School District.
“I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Upper St. Clair community as its next superintendent of schools,” Dr. Rozzo said. “There is no greater honor or responsibility than to be entrusted with the education and care of our community’s children.”
Throughout his tenure, Dr. Rozzo had led several initiatives including serving as chairperson of the district’s Strategic/Comprehensive Plan and guiding the district’s transition to the new Principal and Teacher Effectiveness Model. In addition, he has presented at numerous local, regional and statewide conferences regarding increasing student achievement, instructional leadership, and components of an exemplary school district.
“Dr. Rozzo and I have maintained an incredibly close professional and personal relationship through our leadership work over the past 10 years,” Dr. Sharon Suritsky, deputy/assistant superintendent, said. “I have always admired his character, relationship building and ability to effectively lead others. I am honored to continue working alongside him as deputy superintendent as he assumes his new role.”
Beyond Upper St. Clair, Dr. Rozzo is a recognized leader in education. In 2016, he was honored with the Leadership & Service Award from The Pennsylvania State University College of Education. The previous year, the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education named him Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Middle Level Administrator for 2015. And, just this spring, Dr. Rozzo was appointed to the Penn State University College of Education Alumni Society Board of Directors.
A graduate of Penn State, Dr. Rozzo earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics and science. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate of education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. O’Toole, who has served as superintendent of schools since March 2007, has great faith in his successor and the district’s future.
“There is no better educational leadership role in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania than to serve as superintendent for the Upper St. Clair School District,” Dr. O’Toole said. “As my retirement from USC quickly approaches, I am proud to know that I’ll be leaving the district in the strong, capable hands of Dr. Rozzo, Dr. Suritsky and the entire leadership team.”
Dr. Rozzo resides in Upper St. Clair Township with his wife, Shauna, and their three children: Sydney, Anthony and Isabella.