UNION COUNTY, NJ – Gwen Ryan has been named permanent Superintendent of the Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS). Ryan was honored for her promotion during the freeholder board meeting Thursday night.

“I appreciate the confidence the Board of Education has in me so much,” Ryan said. “I’ve had many experiences working with the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and I am very excited to work closely with all of you in this capacity.”

Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski congratulated Ryan alongside Freeholders Alexander Mirabella and Andrea Staten.

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“We want to congratulate you, we’re very proud of you,” Kowalski said. “We all know that the Vo-Tech schools are such a shining jewel of Union County. All of us are so proud of what you have done, and what your students have done.”

The promotion will take effect July 1 and will extend for three years through June 30, 2022.

Ryan had previously served as Interm Superintendent following the retirement of Peter Capodice last December.

Ryan became the district’s Assistant Superintendent in 2014. In this capacity, she was responsible for improving school functions, as well as managing district curriculum and instruction, Kowalski said. Prior to this, she had been Principal of the district’s Magnet High School.