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SRU graduate’s leadership earns Post-Gazette accolades

Nick Trombetta, a 1976 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, is liked and respected by his employees. They give him such high marks that he was named the Top Executive of a large company in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s recent survey of “Top Workplaces” in the region.
                Trombetta is chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland. As CEO, he manages the school’s 14 locations and nearly 700 employees.

The employee-answered survey also resulted in Slippery Rock University being named among the top 85 Top Workplaces in the region. (Good News: Oct. 6.)

Trombetta was specifically cited for his leadership of the cyber school created a decade ago when online classrooms via the Internet became possible.

 “It has been my hope to create educational environments that provide the students and staff with all resources and expertise they need to achieve successful outcomes,” Trombetta said. “My job is that of advocate, facilitator and educational leader. It has been my passion to help our schools develop a shared vision of the future and an appreciation that service to our students is our primary purpose. We have been successful because of this student-centered philosophy. Having served as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent and CEO has provided me with a wonderful list of experiences and memories. These past events influence my personal beliefs, direction and hope for the future.”

                The SRU graduate’s employees said he had a “sense of compassion for students and fellow workers, and that he...understands that to make a company great, employees need to feel needed and appreciated.” They also said he “inspires and motivates everyone around him,” according to a story in the Post-Gazette.

Before becoming CEO at the charter school, Trombetta served 12 years as superintendent of the Midland Borough School District, was a principal with the Aliquippa School District and was an elementary school principal, teacher and coach with the East Liverpool [Ohio] City School District.

                In addition to his SRU degree, he earned a doctorate of education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master of science in education degree at the University of Dayton.

Trombetta received the 2008 Lou Holtz Hall Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame
award and the NAACP Outstanding Educator Award.

A scholarship in his name is available to SRU freshmen who are graduates of the Midland School System.

                All of the CEOs receiving positive marks from employees in the survey were credited for their involvement with employees, communication skills and foresight.

                Interviews with the top-scoring executives are available at:

                To watch a short video about SRU made as part of the “Top Workplaces” survey visit:,AAABFCaVK-E~,uasqL5emo0iVfytRl5866yvV2XMV-XHR&bclid=1186080647001&bctid=1198435464001