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AIU Names New Executive Director

Dr. Robert Scherrer At its February 24 regular meeting, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s (AIU) Board of Directors appointed Dr. Robert Scherrer as the organization’s next executive director.  Dr. Scherrer will begin leading the organization on July 20, 2020.           

Dr. Scherrer received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Education as well as his principal’s certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He earned his superintendent’s letter of eligibility and a doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.  “I am ready to open the next chapter in my career and lead an organization with the reputation, influence and expertise of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.  Through this process, I have had the opportunity to interact with the board and members of the executive leadership team and I see their passion around supporting all students in our region.  I am excited and prepared to work closely with the entire AIU community as we create a compelling future for the organization,” Scherrer said.   

Dr. Scherrer currently serves as the superintendent of the North Allegheny School District.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as the district’s acting superintendent and assistant superintendent K-12 education.  During his career, Dr. Scherrer has held leadership positions at several area schools.  He served as principal of both the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy and Allderdice High School within Pittsburgh Public Schools.  He held the positions of assistant principal and co-principal for curriculum and instruction within the Woodland Hills School District.  He also served as assistant principal at Peters Township High School.  Dr. Scherrer began his career in education as a secondary educator at Baldwin High School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. 

“The board is thrilled to have landed Dr. Scherrer, and we are very excited to bring him into the organization,” AIU board president Debbie Beale said.  “With his broad and diverse leadership and educational experiences, a demonstrated passion for students and families, and a thorough understanding of our region, we believe Dr. Scherrer is an excellent fit for the AIU.  We also recognize that Allegheny County has a vibrant educational culture that presents Dr. Scherrer with an opportunity to thrive by working closely with other educational leaders, policy experts, and thought leaders throughout the state and the nation,” Beale added.       

Shortly after Dr. Scherrer takes office, he will embark on a comprehensive entry plan that will afford him the opportunity to become immersed in the organization, and position himself as the catalyst to developing a thoughtful, ambitious course of continued growth and improvement at the AIU.  This process will acknowledge the organization’s historical reputation for excellence, and the board is very confident he will collaborate quite well with AIU staff and the educational community throughout the region to bring the right balance of fidelity to current program implementation with creative approaches to developing new initiatives.  

The board wants to thank the Executive Leadership Team for its participation during important stages in this process, and all stakeholders who completed a survey.  The development of the organization’s future goals and the executive director evaluation process will be significantly informed by the comments received from those interviews and surveys.  The board also wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Ms. Rosanne Javorsky.  Since her appointment as the interim executive director, she has earned the board’s highest accolades for serving so effectively.  Ms. Javorsky is a skilled educator with a wealth of experience, having dedicated more than 30 years of her career to developing high-quality programming at the AIU.  Ms. Javorsky continues to be an extremely valued member of the AIU team, and it is anticipated that she will be critical to Dr. Scherrer’s transition into the position of executive director.