HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pa Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera has appointed Dr. Audrey Utley as the new chief recovery officer (CRO) for the Harrisburg School District effective today. Utley will not only oversee the fiscal recovery of the district, but also assist district leaders in leveraging resources to support student academic achievement.
Utley, from Middletown, has spent more than 40 years working in both suburban and urban school districts across the commonwealth. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher at the Steelton-Highspire School District and since then has held many supervisory positions including superintendent for the Middletown Area and Steelton-Highspire school districts, and acting superintendent for the Harrisburg School District.
“In addition to Dr. Utley’s experience as a superintendent, she also comes to this position with firsthand knowledge of the unique issues that fiscally distressed school districts face due to her time working to improve other struggling schools,” Rivera said. “I have complete confidence that under Dr. Utley’s guidance, the Harrisburg School District will continue on the path toward financial stability, which will allow the district’s leadership team and educators to focus on the goal of ensuring every student graduates college- and career-ready.”
Rivera added that there was a comprehensive selection process for a new CRO, and that state, city, and school officials were included in the review of candidates.
Utley replaces Gene Veno who submitted his resignation as chief recovery officer to Secretary Rivera on May 8. His resignation took effect on June 30.