Dr. Darby L. Copeland was appointed the Executive Director of Parkway West Career and Technology (PWCTC) in January 2013. Prior to serving as Executive Director, he was the Assistant Executive Director and Principal of PWCTC for 9 years. Prior to serving in educational administration, he taught Public Safety Technology at Western Area Career and Technology Center located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Copeland sits on the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics Workforce Development Committee, is an Executive Committee Member of the Tri-State Area School Study Council and a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXXI. Dr. Copeland is a Registered Nurse specializing in Emergency Medicine and a Nationally Certified Paramedic. He is a subject matter expert in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and has authored and edited several EMS textbooks. In addition, he is the only secondary level educator ever to sit on the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Editorial Board and is the immediate past Chair of the Board.
Dr. Copeland is a member if the Pennsylvania Association of Career of Career Technical Administrators (PACTA) and is currently serving as the Western Region President. He also holds membership in the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).
Dr. Copeland was the 2016 recipient of the Carnegie Science Award in Leadership in Career and Technical Education. He can be reached at 412-923-1772, Extension 112 or via e-mail Copeland@parkwaywest.org.