Fox Chapel Area names new superintendent

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An administrator who ran school districts in the eastern part of the state has been named the new superintendent for the Fox Chapel Area School District.

Robert Eugene “Gene” Freeman will begin in March, school officials announced Tuesday night.

Mr. Freeman has been superintendent at Manheim Township School District in Lancaster, Pa. since 2008 and before that served as superintendent in the Weatherly Area School District in Carbon County.

Mr. Freeman began his educational career as a kindergarten teacher in a private school in North Carolina. He then moved to the public school system of Robeson County in Lumberton, N.C., where he worked as a middle school teacher and received the district's highest honor as Teacher of the Year as well as a Fulbright Memorial Fund scholarship to study in Japan.

Mr. Freeman also received the Milken Educator Award.

Linda Hippert, executive director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, will serve as acting superintendent from Jan. 1 until Mr. Freeman arrives.

“We believe Dr. Freeman's skills and experiences are an excellent match for our district and our district's shareholders, and that he will help us continue to improve and grow,” said Sandra Garbisch, Fox Chapel Area school board member and search committee chairwoman.

Mr. Freeman earned his doctorate from Fayetteville State University, his master's in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his bachelor's degree from UNC Greensboro.

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