Jerry Longo has been named the new president of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Alumni Society.
A retired educator and faculty member at the Pitt School of Education, Longo is also a two-time alumnus of the school. He earned his PhD in educational administration in 1981 and Master of Education in secondary education with an emphasis on writing and literature in 1968.
In an education career spanning 40 years, Longo worked as an English teacher, principal, central office administrator, school superintendent, and college professor. He served as superintendent of the Quaker Valley and Steel Valley school districts, and received the Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year Award in 1997.
At the Pitt School of Education, Longo taught in the school leadership area and served as director of the Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents.
“It is an honor and a privilege to represent a school and alumni network that have meant so much to me personally and professionally,” says Longo. “Amid the ongoing pandemic and this time of racial injustice, it is more important than ever that we deeply engage with and uplift one another. Pitt’s education alumni are second to none, and I look forward to helping our graduates grow in their careers and support each other as educators.”
With over 33,000 graduates located in nearly 90 countries worldwide, the Pitt School of Education Alumni Society is one of the world’s largest education alumni societies. The alumni society organizes annual events and activities, including the school’s annual Alumni Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.
Longo knows that he has big shoes to fill as president of the alumni society.
The outgoing president, Mark Milovats (BA '86, MAT '91), served from 2017 - 2020.
An accomplished educator, entertainer, speaker, producer, and showman, Milovats has worked in private and public schools on initiatives that produce school change and improvement. He is the founder of Markem Enterprises Inc., an entertainment production and educational professional development company.
“As a proud graduate of the Pitt School of Education, I enjoyed every opportunity to celebrate the school and my fellow alumni,” says Milovats. “Our school is destined for even greater things, and I am confident that Jerry will do a terrific job as president of the alumni society.”
Michael Haas, director of development and alumni affairs for the Pitt School of Education, says that alumni will have many opportunities to engage with the school during the 2020-21 academic year, albeit in a virtual or reimagined format due to the pandemic.
“These are indeed challenging times, but at the Pitt School of Education we are extremely fortunate to have such a strong alumni community. All of us are grateful for Mark Milovats’ service and thank him for his many contributions. We are delighted that Jerry Longo will lead our alumni society as president and look forward to the year ahead,” says Haas.
Visit the Alumni and Development website for information on ways to get involved, give back to the school, and more