Dominic A. Villani, a retired educator who worked in the Bethlehem Area School District for 34 years including many years as Liberty High School's athletic director, was picked to fill a vacant seat on the Nazareth Area School Board.
Villani told the board that he spent six years inside the Nazareth Area School District when he was hired as a facilities consultant. He worked for D’Huy Engineering Inc. for 10 years.
“I found Nazareth to be a very warm community,” he said. “I found the district to be somewhat different than what I was used to. I liked the community input. I liked the administrative style. I’d go home and tell my wife, ‘Hey, Nazareth is where it’s at.’”
Villani was picked by a 7-1 vote by the school board. He fills a seat left vacant by Chris Audenried, who resigned from his post after he was appointed to Nazareth Borough Council.
Villani will finish Audenried’s unexpired term, which ends next November. Board member Jerry Treon voted in favor of Zackary Audenried, the son of Chris Audenried.
Villani is a new resident of Upper Nazareth Township, having moved from Bethlehem a little more than a year ago. But he’s been a constant at Nazareth School Board meetings.
“I haven’t missed a school board meeting in 13 months,” he noted, adding that he also rarely misses committee meetings. “You might call it a love affair, but I don’t want to get that mushy.”
Villani said he’s served at almost every level in the educational spectrum, has more than 20 years of central office experience, and was a member of a Superintendent's Cabinet.
“I have a passion for education,” Villani said. “I don’t come with an agenda. Some have an ax to grind. Some have a hidden agenda. … Others come because they want to be philanthropic, and that’s why I’m here.”