Peter Pearson Named Regional Chief Operating Officer For Student Transportation Central Region

Peter Pearson Named Regional Chief Operating Officer For Student Transportation Central RegionCARNEGIE, PA – Carnegie resident Peter J. Pearson has been named regional chief operating officer of the new Central Region for Student Transportation of America (STA), one of North America’s fastest growing school transportation providers.

The move is part of the company’s strategic management realignment to prepare for continued growth in the $15 billion school transportation industry. STA currently operates more than 5,000 school vehicles transporting students in 10 states and Ontario, Canada.

Pearson will be responsible for overseeing STA-owned school bus companies in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Minnesota.

“A seasoned industry veteran, Pete has been instrumental in STA’s development and success for more than 10 years,” said STA Chairman and CEO Denis Gallagher. “We are pleased that he has agreed to take on even more responsibility as we continue to grow our business through acquisitions, bids and school district conversions in 2008.”

Pearson, who has served as vice president of operations for STA in Pennsylvania since 1997, began his transportation career more than 23 years ago at FedEx. In 1991, he was named director of operations for Laidlaw Transit in Sea Girt, NJ, and later served as director of business development for four southeastern states.

A graduate of Gannon University, Pearson holds a B.S. in Business Administration. He currently is involved in many community and business associations including the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania School Board Association. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee and the Gannon University Pittsburgh Alumni Annual Scholarship Golf Outing. Pearson also is founder and trustee of the STA Education Foundation and chairman of the annual STA/John Finfrock Scholarship Golf Outing.

About Student Transportation

Founded in 1997, Student Transportation is the fourth-largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America, conducting operations through local operating subsidiaries. Student Transportation has become a leading school bus transportation company by aggregating operations through the consolidation of existing providers and conversion of in-house operations and currently operates more than 5,000 school vehicles in North America. For more information, please visit