Board members pose with the newly appointed BOE member Rocco Andriola. (L. to r.) Rocco Andriola; (back row) BOE Vice President Larry Greenstein, BOE President Rob Seiden, Mark Marcellus; (front row) Karen Sloan, Dr. Roy Nelson and Jean-Marie Posner.
Port Washington School District's Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon, announced on Monday, July 23, that Rocco F. Andriola has been appointed to fill the current school board trustee vacancy.
"Rocco Andriola is an outstanding professional, a proven leader in business and a tremendous person," the superintendent said. "The addition of Mr. Andriola to the board of education will enhance the school district in every respect." Mr. Andriola's appointment will fill the seat vacated by Patrick Foye, whose resignation was accepted by the board in April.
The process of filling the vacancy on the board involved inviting qualified applicants to send letters of interest to the district clerk by June 27. The board received 17 well qualified applicants, two of whom later withdrew. All applicants were screened and 14 were able to attend interviews either in person or by teleconference. "The board met for many hours over the past two weeks reviewing and deliberating for a choice that would meet the needs of our district, the students and our community. We had a difficult decision with so many excellent candidates applying," explained Board of Education President Robert Seiden. "We are delighted to welcome Rocco Andriola to the board. His business and finance experience, civic mindedness, decades of roots in the community and sense of fairness and understanding of the importance of educating children made him the choice of the board."
Mr. Andriola, a resident of Port Washington for more than 20 years, is a managing director of Lehman Brothers Inc., a major global investment banking firm, and serves as the deputy chief administrative officer for the Fixed Income Division. He was born in New York City and graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.A. degree in economics and political science. He received a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, where he served as the editor of the Moot Court Board, was elected to the Order of Barristers and received the George P. Foulk Award for outstanding scholarship and service.
When his father received a life-saving liver transplant, Mr. Andriola became a passionate activist on a local, state and national level in the organ donation awareness field and served as the first non-physician chairman of the board of the New York Organ Donor Network. Under his leadership, the organization set an all-time record for donors in the New York area. Mr. Andriola is also involved with the NYU School of Law as a member of its Weinfeld Program and the Law and Business Mentorship Program. He is a founding member of the President's Council of Fordham University. Mr. Andriola is involved with the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, the Order Sons of Italy in America and is a former David Rockefeller Fellow and vice chairman of the Combined Health Appeal of Greater New York. He serves on the Board of Education's Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Mr. Andriola is a first generation Italian-American and the first member of his family to attend college. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, who is also an attorney, and the father of Patrick (18) and Mark (15). Mr. Andriola is his sons' No. 1 fan and enjoys coaching their baseball and basketball teams.