Distinguished Educator Audrey Utley Named to Lead Duquesne Board of Control

Mar 17, 2008, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Education

    HARRISBURG, Pa., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Education
 Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak today announced that he has named Dr. Audrey
 Utley to chair the Duquesne City School District's Board of Control.
     "Dr. Utley is an immensely qualified and dedicated educator who has the
 skills and vision to ensure that every child in the Duquesne City School
 District is afforded the best education possible," Zahorchak said. "I have
 every confidence that she can meet the unique challenges Duquesne faces."
     Dr. Utley most recently served as superintendent of the Middletown Area
 School District in Dauphin County. In that role, she guided the
 restructuring of the district's academic programs and oversaw efforts to
 close the achievement gap; established rigorous graduation requirements;
 and created a career pathway curriculum at the secondary level. In
 addition, she provided leadership in the recruitment and training of
 qualified professional and support staff.
     She also is part of the Department of Education's Distinguished
 Educator initiative, an effort to provide support and targeted assistance
 to struggling districts.
     A board of control was created to oversee the Duquesne City School
 District after it was declared distressed in 2000. The district faces
 fiscal challenges that stem from a declining tax base and has seen its
 enrollment gradually decline.
     Dr. Utley replaces Thomas Sgriccia, a former special assistant to the
 education secretary, as the board's chair.
     CONTACT: Michael Race
     (717) 783-9802

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education