Bill Isler, president and CEO of Family Communcation, Inc. (FCI), is a longtime professional educator and advocate for children. His career spans teacher, administrator, Commissioner of Basic Education and Senior Program Advisor for Early Childhood Education for the PA Dept of Education. In 1984 he joined Family Communications and in 2005, became the inaugural Executive Director of The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. Under his leadership, FCI continued to produce the award-winning Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, longest running program on PBS, while expanding into the development of training materials for individuals who work with children.
Bill’s civic service is long and varied and includes membership with organizations such as the Pittsburgh School Board, the Council of Great City Schools and the National League of Cities Council on Children, Youth, and Education, He received The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Isabel P. Kennedy Award for child advocacy and was named “Person of the Year” in 2007 by the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania.