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NEW CAREER ED LEADER: Ron DiPillo has been named as the district's next executive director of career, technical and adult education.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Dec. 16, 2016 – The Sarasota County Schools assistant director of career technical education K-12 programs, Ronald DiPillo, has been appointed to succeed Todd Bowden as the district’s executive director of career, technical and adult education. Superintendent Lori White announced the appointment Friday. DiPillo, 50, succeeds Todd Bowden, who was appointed by the School Board Oct. 18 to succeed White as superintendent on March 1.

The primary responsibility of the executive director’s position is as the chief administrator of Suncoast Technical College. He also has responsibility for career and technical education programs in elementary, middle and high schools; serves as the executive director of the Adult and Community Enrichment Program; and is the chief administrator of Suncoast Polytechnical High School and Sarasota Virtual Academy.

DiPillo is an Ohio native who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Youngstown University. He received his doctorate in education from Argosy University in 2012

He has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in the Sarasota County School District. He served as an assistant principal at Venice High School from 2004-2010 and as principal at Oak Park School for Students with Disabilities from 2010-2013, when he was appointed to his current position.

Previously he taught mathematics at VHS from 1996-2001. He also worked as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Manatee Community College from 1997-2004.

Bowden said of DiPillo’s appointment: “Our Career, Technical, and Adult Education programs hold a very special place in my heart. I take great satisfaction knowing that they have been entrusted to Dr. DiPillo. His experience as a principal and district level leader will serve him well in this new role. He is trusted and respected by our teachers, administrators, and our community. I am excited about the future of career, technical and adult education under Ron’s leadership.”

DiPillo said he is honored to succeed Bowden as the executive director of adult career technical education. “Dr. Bowden’s work will serve as a solid foundation to expand and solidify our current initiatives,” DiPillo said. “I believe that career technical education is a vital conduit for local employers and prospective employees to efficiently come together. My familiarity with our existing partnerships will allow me to hit the ground running, come the New Year!”

DiPillo and his wife, Karen, have lived in Florida since 1996. She is a teacher at Venice Elementary School. Their two daughters attend Suncoast Polytechnical High School. He said he loves spending time with family, golfing, traveling and antiquing.

DiPillo’s appointment is scheduled to be submitted to the School Board for approval on Jan. 3 and he is scheduled to assume his new duties on Jan. 4.

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