- Grove City, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2013

Unit IV board hires director

Staff Reports
Allied News

GROVE CITY — Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV has announced the selection of Dr. Wayde Killmeyer as its new executive director.

"We are very pleased to announce this appointment," said Cedric Butchy, Unit IV board president. "We are confident that Dr. Killmeyer will bring leadership to the Intermediate Unit. His wide range of professional experiences demonstrates a strong commitment to students, school districts, and the community at large."

Killmeyer's resume includes 15 years' experience in education as a teacher, principal and Superintendent. He joins Unit IV after serving as superintendent of the Clairton City School District in Allegheny County since 2011.

Prior to working at Clairton, Killmeyer spent six years at the helm of the Avella Area School District in Washington County as superintendent. Previously, Killmeyer worked as principal in the Avella Junior Senior High School, Seton-La Salle High School and as a vice principal at Oakland Catholic High School and Venango Catholic High School.

Killmeyer, who earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Duquesne University in 2009, spent 13 years working in the private sector before becoming an educator. He earned a bachelor's of science in mathematics and computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, he earned a master's of education in secondary mathematics from Slippery Rock University. In 1993, he was awarded a master's of arts in English literature from the University of Maryland.

"When I told my high school guidance counselor that I wanted to be a teacher, he encouraged me to major in engineering, computers, and mathematics because there was a better employment outlook at the time," recalled Killmeyer.

"So, I followed his advice. But, while I was working in the private sector my heart always led me back to teaching. A twist of fate brought me to a nonpublic school as a teacher and I never looked back. I became involved with the students, teachers, and staff at every level. I listened, learned and found what I had expected all along; that education was my true calling. "

Killmeyer is not a stranger to Pennsylvania Intermediate Units. He chaired Intermediate Unit I's operations committee during his tenure at Avella School District. While at Clairton, he was an active participant in Allegheny Intermediate Unit III's special education committee, workforce development committee, and legislative advocacy committee. He also served as Unit I's superintendent representative to the special education local task force, which consists of parents and school officials who are interested in providing quality services to students with special needs.

"Unit IV has an active and committed local task force," said Unit IV Special Education Director Toby Woodward. "Dr. Killmeyer's prior involvement with the task force in his area, as well as his knowledge and experience with special education will be a great support to the programs and services we provide to our member districts."

The terms of Killmeyer's contract have not yet been determined. Once the Unit IV board and Killmeyer finalize their agreement, his start date will be announced.

Killmeyer said he is ready to lead the Unit IV team. "My approach is teamwork. I will always listen until people are finished talking. I plan to gather key people in one room, listen to them, and learn from them. From there, we will move forward."

Killmeyer will replace Angelo Pezzuolo, who has been serving as acting director after the resignation under fire of Cecelia Yauger on April 24. Yauger succeeded Pezzuolo as executive director when he retired in 2007.

Published Aug. 14, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.