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Former school superintendent joins Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants to provide further expertise to districts across PA


STATE COLLEGE, PA Cathy Harlow, a former school superintendent and experienced accountant, has joined Boyer & Ritter LLC, where she will use her almost 30 years of experience in public education to help districts across the state.

Harlow, who will work part-time from the firm’s State College office as a member of Boyer & Ritter’s Government Services Group, served as superintendent of the Tyrone Area School District in Blair County between 2013 and 2019. Before becoming superintendent, she served as the business administrator – essentially the Chief Financial Officer – for Tyrone and the Huntingdon Area School District in Huntingdon County.

“Complex regulations and laws govern school districts and I look forward to helping Boyer & Ritter’s clients navigate the system,’’ Harlow said. “As a former district business administrator and superintendent, I bring a level of institutional expertise that will help districts realize their strategic goals.’’

Boyer & Ritter works with roughly 20 school districts, including Susquehanna, Cumberland Valley, Manheim Township and South Middleton. In addition to providing auditing services, Boyer & Ritter tests internal controls and makes recommendations on how to increase efficiencies.

Before joining the Huntingdon Area School District as its business administrator, Harlow was a senior accountant for an Altoona-based firm, where she provided auditing and consulting services for nine districts, four counties, six boroughs and several tax collectors and municipal authorities.

Harlow received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Administration and Computer Science from Thiel College.

“Cathy Harlow brings a wealth of understanding about Pennsylvania’s public education system that will be invaluable to the school districts we serve,’’ said Boyer & Ritter Principal Matthew S. Wildasin, who heads the firm’s Government Services Group. “Cathy brings the kind of industry knowledge our clients expect from Boyer & Ritter.’’

For nearly a century, Boyer & Ritter has provided accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services to businesses of varying sizes and industries throughout Pennsylvania and the continental United States. Boyer & Ritter has offices in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, and State College.

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