Board of Education appoints Marjory Pizzuti for remainder of Robin Comfort's term

The Upper Arlington Board of Education has appointed former board member Marjory Pizzuti to serve the remainder of late board member Robin Comfort’s term, which ends on December 31, 2019.

Comfort passed away on July 8.  State law requires boards of education to fill vacant seats within 30 days of the death of a board member.  

On July 16 the Board of Education asked community members to submit notices of interest by July 26.  Fifteen residents expressed interest in the open board seat.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for all of us,” said Board President Stacey Royer.  “Robin was such a positive force on the board for nearly 12 years - the thought of filling her seat within 30 days just doesn’t seem right.  But it has been wonderful for all of us to see so many great people willing to take on this role.”  

Pizzuti is the president and CEO of Goodwill Columbus.  She previously served on the Upper Arlington Board of Education from 2001 through 2013.

“I am deeply humbled and privileged to be selected to serve the school district and the Upper Arlington community for this interim period to honor and respect my beloved friend and colleague, Robin Comfort,” said Pizzuti.

“I was confident in my extensive background and experience to assume the responsibilities of this position with the seamless continuity required to transition in a short timeframe.”

Pizzuti will be sworn in during the August 13 Board of Education meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

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