Chautauqua Striders Appoints Executive Director, Peter Morgante

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Peter Morgante
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Chautauqua Striders, Inc. Board Chairman Robert Liebers recently announced the appointment of Peter Morgante as Executive Director of the County-Wide youth agency that has been dedicated to the mentoring and guidance of youth through education, advocacy, and athletics for over 35 years.

Morgante received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and his Master’s Degree in Reading from SUNY Fredonia and an advanced Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Saint Bonaventure University. He comes to Striders with a wealth of educational experience and community leadership.

Upon successfully educating students at Cassadaga Valley for 25 years Morgante entered his educational administrative career as the Principal of Panama Central School and further advanced to Superintendent at Alexandria Bay and Pine Valley School Districts.

Morgante’s financial skills include the scribing and management of federal grants, overseeing several building projects, and creating and adhering to multi-million dollar budgets.

His leadership prowess has encompassed the implementation and professional development of the “Orton Gillingham Program”, “Step Up to Writing Program,” summer learning sessions, academic intervention, development of electronic portfolios, and curricular differentiated learning units, among many other innovative, carefully strategized, and supervised educational initiatives.

Striders’ Chairman of the Board Leibers said, “Peter brings a breadth of educational experience to Striders together with great energy and enthusiasm.”

First appointed as the Interim Director of Chautauqua Striders in December, Morgante began highlighting and strengthening Striders’ existing assets of mentoring, tutoring, Hispanic Outreach, and track & field. He created a bright, engaging, and welcoming environment in the new Striders’ main office location at 301 East Second Street in Jamestown by utilizing walls to recognize Board members, funders, and photo collages of all program sites. The Striders’ colors of red and white became vibrantly displayed throughout the building.

Michele Lunz, a Striders’ Board of Directors’ member who serves on the Executive Committee recently welcomed Morgante and said, “The search committee for Chautauqua Striders compiled a list of approximately 10 individuals, of whom four were interviewed by members of the committee. Peter Morgante was initially hired as interim director and based on his outstanding performance in that capacity, he was made permanent. Morgante brings 37 years of educational experience to the organization. His leadership skills and enthusiasm are exactly what the organization, employees, foundations and most of all children need. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Chautauqua Striders, we welcome Mr. Morgante and look forward to great accomplishments under his direction.”

Promotion of all Striders’ divisions and programs, expansion of all facets of Striders’ educational, mentoring, advocacy, Hispanic Outreach, and track & field strongholds, and further enhancement of North County programming are some of Morgante’s goals.

Morgante has a long history of community leadership and involvement consisting of serving on the Board of Directors for both the YMCA and the Girl Scouts of America. He belongs to Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, the Eagles, YMCA, and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Jamestown. Morgante and his wife Maura reside in Jamestown and have four adult children, all of whom are graduates of SUNY Fredonia.

For more information regarding Striders, call their Jamestown office at 488-2203, the North County office located in Dunkirk at 363-2203, or visit their Chautauqua Striders Facebook page.