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Next Director of Finance and Operations Announced

School Superintendent, Dr. Bryan Luizzi, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jo-Ann Keating as the next Director of Finance and Operations for the New Canaan Public Schools. Dr. Keating will succeed Nancy Harris, who has served the New Canaan Public Schools as Interim Director of Finance and Operations since July 2013 and who is retiring from the position. The formal search for a Director of Finance and Operations began earlier this year. Dr. Keating will assume her new role on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Keating has served as Director of Finance and Operations for the Weston Public Schools since 2006. Additionally, she has worked as the Business Manager for Ridgefield Public Schools and Wolcott Public Schools. From 1989 through 1993 she was the Chief Financial Officer for the Town of Naugatuck.

Dr. Keating was awarded an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford, an M.S. in Organizational Management from Central Connecticut University, and a B.S. in Accounting from Post College. She holds professional certification as a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) in North America, Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Certificate #092), and School Business Administrator (Certificate #085) in Connecticut.

The Search Committee found Dr. Keating’s integrity, financial and budget skills, collaborative management style, and extensive experience in school performance and operations to be particularly well suited to the Director of Finance and Operations position for the New Canaan Public Schools. Committee members were especially impressed by Dr. Keating’s proven ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, and her depth of knowledge and experience related to all aspects of the Director of Finance and Operations role.