DiPillo named Sarasota County Schools’ career education chief

He will succeed Todd Bowden, who will become the new superintendent

Ron DiPillo. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Schools

Ronald DiPillo, assistant director of career technical education programs from the kindergarten level through high school in the Sarasota County Schools, 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 on Dec. 16. DiPillo, 50, will succeed Bowden, whom the School Board appointed on Oct. 18 as White’s successor, effective March 1.

The primary responsibility of the executive director’s position is to serve as the chief administrator of Suncoast Technical College, a news release explains. DiPillo also will be responsible for career and technical education programs in the elementary, middle and high schools; serve as executive director of the district’s Adult and Community Enrichment Program; and be chief administrator of Suncoast Polytechnical High School and Sarasota Virtual Academy, the release adds.

DiPillo is an Ohio native who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Youngstown University, the release continues. 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,” the release notes, having 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.

He taught mathematics at Venice High School from 1996 to 2001, the release adds, and he worked as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Manatee Community College from 1997 to 2004.

“Our career, technical, and adult education programs hold a very special place in my heart,” Bowden said in the release. “I take great satisfaction knowing that they have been entrusted to Dr. DiPillo. … He is trusted and respected by our teachers, administrators, and our community.”

“Dr. Bowden’s work will serve as a solid foundation to expand and solidify our current initiatives,” DiPillo added in the release. “I believe that career technical education is a vital conduit for local employers and prospective employees to efficiently come together.”

DiPillo and his wife, Karen, have lived in Florida since 1996, the release notes. She is a teacher at Venice Elementary School. Their two daughters attend Suncoast Polytechnical High School.

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