The Pine-Richland School District found its new superintendent very close to home.
The school board Monday unanimously hired Brian Miller, assistant superintendent of K-12 education at North Allegheny School District, as its seventh superintendent.
Mr. Miller, 40, of McCandless, will start his new job July 1 at a salary of $153,500 a year.
"I appreciate the board's selection and confidence," he said. "I look forward to the opportunity to serve and lead the students, staff and community of the Pine-Richland School District."
Peter Lyons, Pine-Richland board president, said Mr. Miller "distinguished himself among his peers for his frank communication style, his ability to articulate his methods and goals, and his record of commitment to quality in education" during the search process.
He replaces Mary Bucci, who resigned in December after a split board voted not to renew her contract when it expired this year.
Mr. Miller, a North Allegheny graduate, began his career at his alma mater as a health and physical education teacher in 1996. He also served as assistant principal of Ingomar Middle School, became principal at Carson Middle School in 2004, assistant superintendent of curriculum in 2008 and assistant superintendent of secondary education in 2010 before attaining his current position in 2012. His 2012-13 salary at North Allegheny is $127,628.
Mr. Miller received his doctorate and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility at Duquesne University. He received a master's degree in educational leadership from Carlow University and a bachelor's degree in exercise science at Pennsylvania State University. He is currently studying for a master's degree in business administration at Carlow.
North Allegheny superintendent Raymond Gualtieri said Mr. Miller has done "outstanding work" as assistant superintendent. "He is widely respected as a caring and capable leader with a broad range of experience. We have been able to depend on him to take the lead in many initiatives. I am certain his experience here has prepared him well for his new role and he will be greatly missed at NA. However, we wish him the very best as he takes this next step in his professional career."
Most recently, Mr. Miller has been the administration's "point person" in community presentations about the district's proposal to close Peebles Elementary School, which his daughters attend, and discussions on class size increases brought about by recent lean budgets.
"I think Dr. Miller is a tremendously qualified educational professional and I look at North Allegheny's loss as Pine-Richland's gain. I think they are going to be very pleased with Dr. Miller," said Maureen Grosheider, North Allegheny board president. "I think Brian is a really, really good administrator. I think he's got vision, and I think he knows what the key issues in education are."
Mrs. Grosheider noted that Mr. Miller is the third assistant superintendent to leave in the past four years to head another school district. Timothy Steinhauer left in 2009 to become superintendent at Mt. Lebanon, and William Stropkaj left in 2012 to head Keystone Oaks.
That is not unusual for a large, well-regarded district, Mrs. Grosheider said. "We train people exceptionally well, and they go on to do great things."
Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: email@example.com.