The board of directors of Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation has named Stephen Hilton as its new president while also announcing that it is searching for a new executive director to replace Susan Hayes, whose contract expired June 30 and was not renewed.
PPIE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Pleasanton public schools.
Hilton, senior vice president and corporate controller of Robert Half International, succeeds Bob Miller, director of Research and Development at The Clorox Company in Pleasanton. He remains on the board as past-president.
"We feel the skills needed for our next phase of growth are different from the skills used recently, and that the best path would be to seek a new executive director," Hilton said.
Working with the Foundation's board of directors, parents and volunteers, the new executive director's primary aim will be to increase fundraising through higher levels of donor participation, Hilton added.
"Over the last three years, PPIE has made great strides in reconnecting with the community and reminding everyone of who we are and what we do, raising the profile of this organization and strengthening ties with the community at large," Miller said in commenting on the recent departure of Executive Director Susan Hayes.
"Our contributions and visibility to the community have increased and we are grateful for how Susan has helped us with this journey," he added.
Miller continued: "She has worked with Parent Club leaders, principals, teachers and district staff to coordinate and identify not only direct funding opportunities, but also opportunities to partner with businesses to provide direct programming support to the schools."
However, Miller pointed out that fundraising levels for the Annual Giving Fund Campaign have grown less than 3.5% over the past two years.
"As a board, we were compelled to look at how we could accelerate our growth to have an even greater impact on excellence in education for Pleasanton," Miller said.
Added Hilton: "As we developed our plans and strategies for the future, we realized we were at a transition point, needing to shift the focus in order to achieve our goals."
"We feel the skills needed for our next phase of growth are different from the skills used recently, and that the best path would be to seek a new executive director."
The search for a new executive director is in process, and the organization expects to announce a replacement in the coming weeks. The job description and application instructions can be found on PPIE's website at www.ppie.org/requestfor-candidates/