Shafer appointed superintendent of Paterson Schools

Sept. 20, 2017

Eileen Shafer, a 1981 Slippery Rock University graduate with a master's degree in physical education, became the first female superintendent of the Paterson Public Schools in Paterson, New Jersey. Previously the deputy superintendent, Shafer was named acting superintendent until a permanent appointment is made.

She has worked in the Paterson district the past 25 years, playing a key role in breaking up the city's comprehensive high schools into career themed academies that resulted in improved learning environments; and led a committee that produced alternatives to out-of-school suspension for the city's youngest students.