Joseph Deegan

Harry Funk/The Almanac

Joseph Deegan takes the oath as a Peters Township School Board director.

Peters Township School Board has a new member.

Joseph Deegan has been appointed to fill the remainder of the term of the Rev. Jamison Hardy, who announced his resignation in February. The term is up for election this year.

A resident of Peters Township for more than 20 years, Deegan is the deputy leader for a large business unit with the global professional services network Ernst & Young.

“I bring a lot of finance, HR and operational experience, which I think can really help us as we look forward to how we’re going to continue our excellence in Peters,” he said following Tuesday’s school board meeting, during which he was sworn in by Tom McMurray, board president.

“Also, I work with a lot of clients in terms of the workforce of the future,” Deegan added. “A lot of that will apply in terms of how we think about the ways we provide education to our children, as well as making sure that we continue to look at their safety and well-being as part of that.”

He has three children, two of whom graduated from Peters Township High School, where the youngest is a sophomore.

Deegan, who has been with Ernst & Young since 1994, graduated that year from Notre Dame University School of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Albion College in Michigan.

To fill the vacancy created by Hardy’s resignation, the remaining board members interviewed 15 applicants.

“It was a very impressive group of people, and we enjoyed talking to them,” McMurray said, acknowledging “the effort and time that they put in to send the applications to us.”

Hardy, who left the board because he was relocating, served as chairman of the finance committee throughout the undertaking of the construction of the new Peters Township High School. McMurray now is serving in that capacity.

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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