Eglinton Named District's Chief Operations Officer
Peter Eglinton, the former chair of the Portland School Board, has been named chief operations officer for the Portland Public Schools. The School Board unanimously approved his appointment on December 13.
During the past year, Eglinton chaired the committee that helped the district create a comprehensive plan framework, approved by the School Board in November.
“He’s demonstrated his ability to bring stakeholders together, focus on important issues and reach consensus,” said School Board Chair Kate Snyder.
In his new position, Eglinton will oversee the development and implementation of the full comprehensive plan. His duties also include overseeing the district’s facilities management, planning, custodial operations, employee and labor relations, instructional technology, athletics and co-curricular activities, transportation, maintenance and food service departments.
Eglinton brings 23 years of experience managing staff, projects and budgets in the private and public sectors. He has worked for the past decade as a principal associate at Abt Associates Inc., a public policy research and consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He previously held the position of policy analyst for the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Eglinton served as the District 3 representative on the School Board from 2007 to 2010. He chaired the board’s Finance Committee for one year and the School Board for two years. After leaving the board, he was appointed chair of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
“Peter Eglinton’s private sector and public sector experience will provide unique insights and problem-solving skills to our school system,” said Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr.
Eglinton earned a bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College and a master of environmental management, resource economics and policy from Duke University. He has two children who attend the Portland Public Schools.