by Theresa Kinsinger | Dec 06, 2017

Saia, AEnola, PA – After an extensive search and interview process from a rich pool of candidates, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) Board of Directors will consider the appointment of Dr. Andria Saia as the Executive Director of the CAIU at a special board meeting to be held on Thursday, December 7, at 8:00 a.m. at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, 55 Miller Street, Enola, PA. 

The CAIU Board of Directors received applications from top educators in the tristate area. Among the applicants were superintendents, assistant superintendents, and candidates with extensive experience as administrators at intermediate units.  

The finalist, Dr. Andria Saia, was most recently the Assistant Superintendent of the Chester Upland School District, where she managed student services and transportation; oversaw board policy and administrative regulations and the supervision of secondary principals; and served on the Superintendent’s leadership team and as the union liaison.

“We are extremely pleased to appoint a person with Dr. Saia’s experience and background as the next Executive Director of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit,” said Jean Rice, President of the CAIU Board of Directors. “She will be able to continue and expand upon the great work of the CAIU under leadership of Cindy Mortzfeldt.”

Mrs. Mortzfeldt will be retiring at the end of December after working at CAIU for more than 31 years.

“Dr. Saia’s experience as an assistant superintendent, intermediate unit administrator, and attorney provide her with a unique set of experiences and skills that will serve CAIU and its member districts very well,” said Rice.

Prior to Chester Upland, Dr. Saia supervised special programs at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in southeastern Pennsylvania. She also was a practicing attorney and a shareholder for 10 years in a law firm specializing in school law, where she provided legal services to school districts across the Commonwealth.

“I am honored and excited to be chosen to lead the Capital Area IU in sustaining and improving the great work of its educators,” said Dr. Saia.  “Borrowing a quote from Anne Frank that I have always thought profoundly applicable to education: 'how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’”

Dr. Saia will begin her duties as CAIU Executive Director on January 1, 2018. The CAIU Board of Directors was assisted in the search process by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The Chester County Intermediate provides executive search services to school districts and intermediate units throughout the Commonwealth.

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