Pearson named president of Student Transportation of America Education Foundation

    CARNEGIE, PA, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Peter J. Pearson, of Carnegie, PA, has been
named president of the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation,
the philanthropic arm of Student Transportation of America (STA), one of North
America's fastest growing school bus transportation providers.
    Created in 2003, the mission of the STA Education Foundation is to
advance educational opportunities available to deserving students enrolled in
the school districts served by local STA companies. STA operates in 10 US
States (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont) and Ontario, Canada.
    Pearson, currently chief operating officer for STA's Central Region, is
one of the founding trustees of the Foundation, which held its first
fundraising event in 2004. Named the STA/John Finfrock Scholarship Golf
Outing, the annual event honors John Finfrock, a long-time educator who has
dedicated his life to serving students and Pennsylvania communities. The
cornerstone of the Foundation's fundraising efforts, the outing has raised
more than $100,000 and provided $40,000 in scholarships to high school
graduates from some of the 27 Pennsylvania school districts served by STA.
    "Pete had the foresight to see the good work that the STA Education
Foundation could do and he has been the driving force behind it since its
inception," said STA Chairman and CEO Denis Gallagher. "We have a history of
long-term relationships with school districts and the children they serve. We
are invested in their safety and their success and our Foundation's
scholarships are tangible expressions of that investment. Our Foundation
representatives are always there to present the awards which are greatly
appreciated by the students and their families."
    Prior to assuming his current position, Pearson served as vice president
of operations for STA in Pennsylvania since 1997. He began his transportation
career more than 23 years ago at FedEx. In 1991, he was named director of
operations for Laidlaw Transit in Sea Girt, NJ, and later served as director
of business development for four southeastern states.
    A graduate of Gannon University, Pearson holds a B.S. in Business
Administration. He currently is involved in many community and business
associations including the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, the
Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania
School Board Association. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for
YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee and the Gannon University Pittsburgh Alumni Annual
Scholarship Golf Outing. Pearson also is founder and trustee of the STA
Education Foundation and chairman of the annual STA/John Finfrock Scholarship
Golf Outing.

    About the STA Education Foundation

    The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation is the
philanthropic arm of Student Transportation of America (STA), the fourth
largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America. The
STA Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that focuses the
experience of the company and the talents of more than 5,000 employees on
advancing educational opportunities available to the students it transports
daily in more than 200 school districts in 10 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada.
Since its creation in 2003, the Foundation has raised nearly $100,000 and
awarded more than 40 scholarships to students who demonstrate academic
achievement, community service and leadership. Learn more about STA and its
commitment to the community at

For further information:

For further information: Lynette Viviani, (973) 968-7929,

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