Joseph Pittel shakes the hand of Rochester Community Schools Board of Education President Kristin Bull after being appointed as the board’s new trustee.

Joseph Pittel shakes the hand of Rochester Community Schools Board of Education President Kristin Bull after being appointed as the board’s new trustee.

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Joseph Pittel joins RCS Board of Education

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published August 25, 2021

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ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education has selected Joseph Pittel as its new trustee.

Pittel was unanimously approved by the school board Aug. 17 to fill the trustee position vacated by Andrea Walker-Leidy, who decided to leave the board to spend more time focusing on her family. Pittel’s term will run through Dec. 31, 2022.

A pool of 23 applicants was narrowed down to seven finalists — Juliana Harper, Chauncey Hitchkock, Cynthia McPherson, Pittel, Charles Pollack, Ashok Prajapati and Andrew Wenner — who were interviewed for the appointment during the Aug. 17 board meeting.

Pittel, general counsel of Samsung SDI America, came out on top.

“I was really honored to have been considered for the appointment. It was humbling to be with such a great group of highly qualified candidates, and I appreciate all the neighbors who applied for the opening and were willing to step up for the district. I am also touched by all the citizens who have supported me, both during the campaign in 2020 and since my appointment. I came into this with a simple mindset … to listen to all viewpoints and be open and transparent. I will carry that mindset forward now that I have been sworn in,” Pittel said in a statement.

Pittel said he is looking forward to getting to know the rest of the board members and the administration better, and he plans to use his early days on the board to come up to speed as quickly as he can.

“It’s been a difficult time for everyone — students, teachers, parents and staff. I am going to do all I can to help our district overcome the current crisis and come out even stronger than before,” he said in a statement.

Pittel lives in Rochester Hills with his wife and three children.

RCS Board President Kristin Bull said the board was looking for a new member who exhibited good communication and critical thinking skills, integrity, and purpose.

“During the interview, we found Joe to be genuine. His perspective with having young children is a valuable addition to our board, and we look forward to working with him,” she said in a statement.

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