Student Transportation of America elevates Kowalczewski to president and chief operating officer

Wall-based Student Transportation of America on Wednesday said it appointed Gene Kowalczewski as president and chief operating officer. Kowalczewski most recently served as chief operating officer for North American operations at STA.

“Since joining STA in 2009, his appreciation of the family culture at our operating locations and his caring approach to our employees have helped build a strong foundation for our incredible success. I am confident Gene will build upon his success in this new position and lead STA to continued growth,” Patrick Vaughan, CEO of STA, said.

Kowalczewski began his career in the student transportation industry more than 30 years ago and has progressed with roles in finance, business development and operations. Serving in senior executive roles with Laidlaw Transit, First Student and now STA, he has a vast knowledge of, and a deep level of experience in, the key functional roles necessary to the success of the student transportation business.

During his tenure as senior vice president and, most recently, chief operating officer for North American operations, Kowalczewski was instrumental in leading the organization’s growth from 3,500 to 22,000 route vehicles.

“Now is an exciting time for STA, as we continue our disciplined growth and move toward a greener fleet through our electric transformation,” Kowalczewski said. “I’m excited for what the future holds as I continue to drive STA forward alongside some of the most talented and dedicated members of the student transportation industry.”