John DiSanti ’76 Receives Distinguished Educator Award

John DiSanti

West Allegheny School District superintendent John DiSanti ’76 has been named recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award by the University of Pittsburgh’s Tri-State Area School Study Council. The award was presented at the 65th annual School Board and Distinguished Educator Banquet on March 21.

The Distinguished Educator Award acknowledges exceptional leadership by practicing administrators, retired educators, and university faculty who have a proven commitment to the mission of preparing all students to make contributions to both our democratic society and the world community.

“Dr. DiSanti is a visionary leader who… represents the best of our profession and has not only shaped a great school district, but has and is shaping education in our state and region,” said Diane Kirk, director of the Tri-State Area School Study Council. “He is a person of great integrity, and his commitment to his profession, his colleagues, his community, and his students is without equal.”

“Since the beginning of his tenure at West Allegheny, Dr. DiSanti models drive, determination, and tenacity for his administrative team,” added Chris Assetta, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at West Allegheny School District. “Through vision and expertise, his intensity has enabled the West Allegheny School District to emerge as a leader in education as students develop skills and competencies necessary to become productive citizens in the evolving world of the 21st century.”

DiSanti has served as the superintendent of schools in the West Allegheny School District since 2005. Prior administrative positions include superintendent of Derry Township School District in Hershey and Deer Lakes School District. First named superintendent when he was 31 years old, he holds the distinction of being one of the country’s youngest administrators to rise to that position.

DiSanti earned his bachelor’s degree from IUP, his master’s degree from Westminster College, and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He resides with his family in Oakdale, Pa.