Ed Donovan, former President of the Wilkinsburg School Board of Directors (December 2013 to 2017), serves as a board member and is the Chair and Graduate Program Director in the Education Department at Chatham University in Shadyside. He is responsible for PreK-4 and Secondary teacher certification programs for the Chatham College for Women and the Chatham College of Graduate Studies, and a M.Ed. program in Special Education. In this role he serves as the University’s Certification Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Ed is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Penn State, where he earned the M.Ed. in Education. He has been a junior high teacher, a principal, and held many positions with Penn State before becoming Director of Education Programs offered through Penn State Outreach. His focus with the College of Education was in Special Education, Differentiated Instruction, Tutoring, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Autism. His innovative approach to teacher education have won numerous awards, and he was one of the founders of Penn State’s award-winning National Autism Conference, held each August in State College.
He is also a Senior Consultant with KEYGroup, a global leadership development firm based in Pittsburgh, where his interests include communication styles, conflict resolution, teamwork, assessment, diversity and authentic leadership.
“I had and still have only one reason for serving on the Wilkinsburg School Board,” he says. “I believe that every child in our community deserves the highest quality education, from pre-school through graduation, that we can possibly provide. Only a sound education can equip our students to gain enriching careers, live fulfilling lives, and be prepared to lead Wilkinsburg and the world in the decades to come.” A product of public high school and universities, he believes that “every child, from every corner of our town, deserves the same chances that I had. It is the School Board’s responsibility to guarantee this for our community.”
A Pittsburgh native, he has resided in the Blackridge section of Wilkinsburg’s First Ward since 1993.