After having to push the decision back a month due to deadlock voting, Robert Sage was sworn in as the newest member of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board in a special meeting held July 14.
It took two rounds to decide the fate of the three applicants - Sage, Bennett Baird and Hsinte (James) Yen - but Sage came away with the five votes he needed.
Sage has a wealth of information to bring to the board after spending time working overseas and across the country for his jobs, starting off in Michigan, moving on to Texas and, with American International Group, has been in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines, before settling in the area to work for MetLife in Wilmington.
With his past experiences, Sage is comfortable dealing with finances, facilities and its operations, technology and contracts.
I have 15 years experience helping large organizations improve the way they operate, Sage said in his application. I define and run enterprise programs that require significant change and investment in response to the evolving needs of customers, opportunities from technological advances or new requirements from regulators. I implement and govern these programs with tight schedules, fixed budgets and a high degree of transparency to senior executives.
Once Sage was elected, he was brought up in front of the board and sworn in right there and took his seat at the table, officially replacing Eileen Bushelow, and his term will run until the end of December 2015.
From personal practice, its tough to run for a selected position, said board member Gregg Lindner. I know how hard it is to do that.
Sage is not unfamiliar with the district as all three of his sons currently attend Pocopson Elementary School
Id just like to say thank you to the board for your support, Sage said. I look forward to working with you to advance academic achievement in the district. Im excited to get started in policy - I think I should be excited for that. I look forward to having the (support of the) taxpayers in the community even though there was no vote.