June 21, 2021
UCFSD Appoints Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Finance
Announces New Members of Central Leadership Team
East Marlborough Township, PA – During the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board meeting on June 21, 2021, Board Directors approved the appointment of Mr. Joseph Deady as Director of Finance and Mr. Mike Audevard as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Deady will be replacing the current Director of Business and Operations, Mr. Bob Cochran, who is retiring in August. Audevard will be taking over for Mr. Tim Hoffman, who is transitioning to the role of Assistant Superintendent on July 1.
Deady has spent the last 15 years working in public education. He is currently the Supervisor of Accounting for the District, a role he has held for the past seven years. Prior to joining UCFSD, Deady was an Assistant Business Administrator for both Souderton Area and Southeast Delco school districts and the District Accountant for Southeast Delco. As Supervisor of Accounting for UCFSD, Deady assists the Director of Business and Operations in preparing the annual budget, maintains all district financial records, and prepares all of the district’s financial reports. Additionally, he is responsible for coordinating local, state, and federal audits and oversees payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, tax collection, and purchasing.
This experience, coupled with his keen knowledge of the District made Deady the top candidate for the job during the interview process. He has negotiated a five-year contract with the Board effective July 19, 2021. Deady is a graduate of Penn State and received his Masters in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University.
“Thank you to Dr. Sanville and the School Board for this opportunity,” Deady stated. “I am truly honored and humbled to be appointed the Director of Finance for Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. I am very excited to continue to work with the School Board, the admin team, the business office staff, and the entire district in my new role.”
Audevard first joined UCFSD in 2008 as a fourth-grade teacher at Chadds Ford Elementary School. After spending seven years as a teacher in UCFSD, he took his first administrative post as Assistant Principal at Concord Elementary School in the Garnet Valley School District. After two years, Audevard returned to UCFSD as Principal of Hillendale Elementary School, a position he has held for the last four years.
During a month-long interview process, the interview committee met with an extremely talented candidate pool. Audevard successfully demonstrated his qualifications and excellent leadership skills during the interview process. In the end, the committee selected Audevard as the district’s next Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
During his time with UCFSD, Audevard has shown great leadership as a building administrator. Additionally, he has been involved in a number of District committees - offering valuable insight on district initiatives and processes. Audevard has contributed to curriculum planning and was an essential member of the pandemic task force. He will take on his new role in the District Office beginning July 1, 2021. Audevard graduated from Cornell University and received his Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently enrolled in a Doctoral program at Drexel University.
“Unionville-Chadds Ford has been a wonderful part of my life since I began as a teacher in the district,” stated Audevard. “I've been so fortunate to work with such incredible people in my time at Hillendale and Chadds Ford. I want to thank the UCFSD School Board, Dr. Sanville, our district's staff, and our terrific community for their support over the years. Our district's success comes from the people - students, staff, families, and community members - who are constantly pulling in the same direction to support our kids. I'm excited for the incredible new opportunities that the Director of Curriculum and Instruction position brings and I look forward to working with stakeholders throughout our district to further our mission of empowering students to succeed in life and contribute to society.”
With Audevard’s transition to the District Office, Hillendale Elementary School will be in need of an interim principal. The Board approved Mr. John Nolen, current Assistant Superintendent, to return to Hillendale as interim principal. Nolen previously served as principal at Hillendale before joining the District Office. He will bring continuity and familiarity to Hillendale while the District searches for Mr. Audevard’s replacement and prepares for the start of a new school year.
“We are thrilled to be able to benefit from both Mr. Audevard and Mr. Deady’s continued service to the District in their new roles,” stated John Sanville, Superintendent. “They are two of the best in their fields and I could not be more confident in the District’s decision. I know that Mike and Joe’s expertise, commitment, and leadership will have a lasting positive impact on the children of UCFSD.”
Both the Director of Finance, formerly the Director of Business and Operations, and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction are part of the Superintendent’s Central Cabinet along with the Assistant Superintendent and Director of Pupil Services. Joining Deady and Audevard on the Central Cabinet will be three additional members of the administrative team. On Monday evening, the Board approved changes in titles of three existing UCFSD administrators. Mr. Jame Whitesel, current Supervisor of Facilities will be the Director of Facilities, Ms. Christa Fazio, current Communications Coordinator will be the Director of Communications and Community Relations, and Mr. Patrick Crater, current Supervisor of Athletics will be the Director of Student Activities effective July 1, 2021.
In his role as Director of Student Activities, Crater will oversee all athletics and student activities, including the music programs for Patton Middle School and Unionville High School, and will be the School Board liaison for student activities and policy. Whitesel and Fazio will continue to oversee their respective departments and serve as board liaisons for facilities and communications.
“We have an extremely talented administrative team at UCFSD,'' stated Sanville. “Adding Mr. Whitesel, Ms. Fazio, and Mr. Crater to our Central Cabinet not only recognizes the work that they are already doing for the district, but they each bring a level of expertise to the table that is invaluable.”
For more information, please contact:
Christa M. Fazio
UCFSD District Communications