At its March 24, 2020 Regular Meeting, the Bethel Park Board of School Directors hired Dr. Joseph Dimperio as its Interim Superintendent.
Dr. Dimperio has been actively involved in the Southwestern Pennsylvania education community for over 50 years. His previous experience includes teaching in the Western Beaver School District and Pittsburgh Public Schools before becoming a Principal in Pittsburgh and an Administrator in the Mt. Lebanon School District.
He was the Superintendent in the Ambridge and West Mifflin School Districts, and since his retirement, he has served as an Acting or Interim Superintendent in several school districts, including Ambridge, Carlynton, Peters Township and South Side Area.
In addition to his role as Interim Superintendent, Dr. Dimperio has been tasked to lead Bethel Park’s search for its next Superintendent, a job he has done for many school districts, including Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, Allegheny Valley, Carlynton and South Side Area.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from Franciscan University, and his Masters in Education, as well as his PhD in School Administration, from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Dimperio also has a law degree from Duquesne University, specializing in the areas of Pennsylvania School Law and technology as it relates to schools.
On the collegiate level, he has taught at Carnegie Mellon, Gannon and Duquesne Universities, and he has written multiple articles for School Administrator and PSBA Magazines.
“It is my honor to serve as the District’s Interim Superintendent as it transitions to a new Superintendent,” explained Dr. Dimperio. “As a resident of the South Hills for more than 50 years, I am very familiar with the Bethel Park School District and its solid reputation throughout the region for providing outstanding education. As Interim Superintendent, it is my primary goal to maintain the district’s high academic standards until a new Superintendent can take over the reins.
“The process of hiring a new Superintendent will be a transparent one. Once our timeline is established, we will share this information as well as the details of the application process on the District’s webpage. The major component of the process will be to solicit and gather comments from all stakeholders, including but not limited to students, parents/guardians, staff, business owners and residents to ensure that the next Superintendent can effectively carry out the District’s mission and values.
“I look forward to engaging with the community throughout this process to bring it to a successful conclusion.”