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CCIU Communications and Learning Solutions Director Awarded the Gary L. Miller Distinguished Service Award

Downingtown, PA – It’s been two years since the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) last held its annual conference, which hosts over 300 well-respected intermediate unit professionals for a three-day event consisting of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.  

Each year during the conference, PAIU awards the Gary L. Miller Distinguished Service Award, which honors an intermediate unit employee who exemplifies dedication and leadership. Due to the pandemic, PAIU announced the last two years’ winners in addition to this year’s 2021-22 recipient. The 2020-21 award was given to the Chester County Intermediate Unit’s (CCIU)Mary Jeanne Curley.  

Curley, CCIU’s Director of Communications and Learning Solutions division since 2011, was nominated to receive the award for her dedication to public relations and legislative services in Chester County and across the state.   

“When I think of all the great work of my CCIU colleagues and intermediate units throughout the state who make lives better for children of the Commonwealth, it is truly humbling to be recognized as the recipient of this award,” said Curley. “No one in education can do this work alone. It truly takes a team effort. I am so very fortunate to work at the CCIU and have the support of our executive director, Dr. George Fiore, all the staff in the Communications and Learning Solutions Division, and all of my CCIU colleagues. Every member of Team CCIU is deserving of this award.” 

Curley has a passion for serving the community. She started in the communications field over 36 years ago as a CCIU communications specialist, writing press releases, designing annual publications, coordinating special events for Chester County students and sharing her wealth of knowledge about intermediate units with her peers. 

As one of the top educational leaders in the communications field, Curley is involved with numerous projects, committees and advocacy groups across the state. She also serves as the spokesperson for the CCIU and is the executive director of the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA), an organization of school public relations professionals whose goal is to improve educational communication and support student achievement through systematic, proactive, and responsible public relations programs.

“There are so few people within our profession that have the skillset, the care and the ability to lead others like Mary can,” said Dr. George F. Fiore, CCIU Executive Director. “I can’t think of a better person who is more deserving to win this award on behalf of all of the intermediate units across the Commonwealth. She’s the kind of leader that we all aspire to be.”