Former Springfield School District Superintendent to Serve on P.I.T. Trustees

Students studying at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology which just added to its trustee board.
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The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) in Media has named three new board members to its Board of Trustees in its ongoing mission to providing students the best education for career advancement and college transfer opportunities.

The new P.I.T. trustees are Dr. James Capolupo, Richard M. Jacovini, and Mary Kathryn S. Burke.

Dr. James Capolupo

The first new trustee is Dr. Capolupo, formerly of Upper Darby, is the Founder and President of Capbridge Solutions, an executive coaching company.

Dr. James Capolupo

He is a former Superintendent of the Springfield School District, serving for 10 years.

He was twice awarded Superintendent of the Year, once in 2014 by the National Association of School Administrators and once in 2015 by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.

Dr. Capolupo was instrumental in developing the Springfield School District’s focus on literacy, including the opening of the Springfield Literacy Center.  He served as the Springfield District’s first director of teaching and learning.

He has been a teacher and band director, assistant principal, and principal.

He became an associate dean at West Chester University In August 2015 for partnerships and professional development at the College of Education.

Dr. Capolupo has spent the last two years helping charter schools.

He was CEO of Lindley Academy in Philadelphia. He was also president of the Charter School of Wilmington.

Dr. Capolupo has taught at Cabrini College, Neumann University, Arcadia University, Chestnut Hill College, Lincoln University, and Princeton University.

 He is currently working at Villanova University and serving as an Executive Coach for School Districts, School Boards, and Administrators.

Dr. Capolupo has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.A. in Education. He holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education, a D.M.A. in Music, and has done post-doctoral work in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

He also received an Honorary D.H.L. from Cabrini College, where he was recently a commencement speaker for the Graduate Division.

Dr. Capolupo was membership chairman on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, and served on the Professional Development Committee and the Resolutions Committee.

Dr. Capolupo was elected to be Chairman of the Board for the National Association of School Superintendents.

He has led various workshops and presentations at several universities and conferences.

Dr. Capolupo served on a national panel at the White House on Substance Abuse and Academic Success.

He also served on a Task Force at the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C. on Technology.

He has presented at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington on three occasions.

He is co-author of the 2015 book, “Behind the Curtain: Tackling the Myths and Mysteries of School Management”.

Dr. Capolupo received the Robert Flynn Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

In his spare time, Dr. Capolupo has been a judge at the Miss America Parade and the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. 

He is a judge for the Cavalcade of Bands and has judged more than 1,000 high school marching band and jazz contests.

 He has been inducted into the Cavalcade of Bands Hall of Fame.

He is also the Head Director for the American Music Abroad Bronze Tour, where he has lead thousands of music students on a summer concert tour of Europe.

Dr. Capolupo recently completed a two-year term on the Philadelphia Eagles (N.F.L.) STH Board of Advisors.

His top three accomplishments:

1. !00% of every student who started in his district in kindergarten and stayed through fourth grade, read on grade level

2. 100% of all students graduated from high school.

3. 100% of every high school graduate was accepted to post-secondary education.

Richard M. Jacovni

Richard M. Jacovini – Trustee

The second trustee is Richard M. Jacovini

Mr. Jacovni is a retired Division President of Main Line Health HomeCare and Hospice and has served as Vice President of Main Line Affiliates.

His professional specialties include:

  • Contracting and networking among health care providers and insurers for ancillary services or complementary to hospital operations;
  • Consolidating operations, locations, departments, and functions into cohesive units.
  • Operational and financial control analysis and outcome improvement for various functional areas, including revenue cycle, service delivery, patient/client satisfaction, and employee engagement.

Mr. Jacovni  is a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves on several non-profit Board of Director/Trustee committees.

Mary Kathryn S. Burke – Trustee

Mary Kay Burke

The third trustee is Mary Kay Burke, now retired, served as CEO at White Horse Village in Newtown Square from February 2002 to March 2018.

White Horse Village is a continuing care retirement community with 500 residents.

Ms. Burke earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration.  She holds a nursing home administrator (N.H.A.) license and has worked for over 25 years in the healthcare field.

Her professional experience includes senior administration in hospitals and consulting for health systems.

Ms. Burke was an evaluator for 20 years for CARF, the national accrediting commission for retirement communities, and related healthcare providers.

She has also served as an expert witness in healthcare-related legal procedures.

She is a frequent presenter at statewide, national and international industry conferences.

Ms Burke has also served on several non-profit boards related to healthcare, human services, and higher education.

She  has two grown daughters, both in the healthcare field; one a pediatrician and a healthcare consultant for the United States military services.

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