Su­per­in­ten­dent Wag­ner an­nounces re­tire­ment

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VICTORIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — Dorch­ester County Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Dr. Henry V. Wag­ner an­nounced Thurs­day, Dec. 15, that he will re­tire from his post ef­fec­tive July 1, 2017.

“I make this de­ci­sion be­cause of com­pelling per­sonal, fam­ily, and pro­fes­sional con­sid­er­a­tions — and with a va­ri­ety of mixed emo­tions,” Wag­ner said in a let­ter. “Sim­ply stated, it is time for me to em­bark upon the next en­ter­prises of my life and ca­reer.”

The an­nounce­ment was made first to the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in the closed ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion of its reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing.

“There comes a time in your life when you have to make de­ci­sions based on what is best for you and your fam­ily,” said Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent Glenn Bram­ble,

in re­ac­tion to Wag­ner’s re­tire­ment an­nounce­ment.

Wag­ner’s let­ter, ad­dressed to Dorch­ester Col­leagues and Com­mu­nity Mem­bers, fur­ther stated:

“I be­lieve that, to­gether, we have ac­com­plished much on be­half of the chil­dren of Dorch­ester County over the last ten years. Achieve­ment, schol­ar­ship, and grad­u­a­tion rates are at his­tor­i­cally high lev­els. We have ad­vanced our Capital Im­prove­ment Plan sig­nif­i­cantly and in­sured the construction of the new North Dorch­ester High School, while safe­guard­ing and even aug­ment­ing the re­sources of our county.

“We have ad­vanced com­pen­sa­tion for our work­force each year since I be­came su­per­in­ten­dent. We have be­gun a dig­i­tal con­ver­sion that is trans­form­ing how we teach and learn. Our youngest clients are ar­riv­ing to kin­der­garten with a much­higher like­li­hood of suc­ceed­ing in their ed­u­ca­tional ca­reers, thanks to ex­panded pre-kin­der­garten op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We have cre­ated an or­ga­ni­za­tional syn­ergy that in­cludes the var­i­ous com­mu­nity stake­holder groups and which al­ways keeps our mis­sion as the end-in-mind fo­cus of our work. Most im­por­tantly, we have cre­ated a sys­temic cli­mate that of­fers a real chance to close those per­sist­ing achieve­ment and op­por­tu­nity gaps; there is no go­ing back now on ful­fill­ing this moral im­per­a­tive.”

The re­main­der of Wag­ner’s ten­ure stretches through the rest of the cur­rent school year, and he said that dur­ing those re­main­ing months, he will con­tinue to work with the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion on be­half of the chil­dren of Dorch­ester County and is com­mit­ted to a smooth tran­si­tion into the next su­per­in­ten­dent’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We are go­ing to fin­ish strong this year, and work in a united fash­ion, as we have been,” he said. “We are go­ing to have a smooth tran­si­tion to the next ad­min­is­tra­tion. That, to me, is crit­i­cally im­por­tant on be­half of chil­dren.”

As to his proudest achieve­ments dur­ing his ten­ure, Wag­ner said, “I am proud of the fact that, as a team, we have ad­vanced in the ar­eas that mat­ter most: grad­u­a­tion and earned schol­ar­ship money. That pro­vides the best pos­si­bil­i­ties for our stu­dents to suc­ceed in life.”

Wag­ner’s term as su­per­in­ten­dent was orig­i­nally set to run through June 30, 2018, as per his four-year con­tract that was re­newed in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

He was first ap­pointed to the po­si­tion in July 2010, and had served as As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for In­struc­tion in Dorch­ester County prior to be­com­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools.

A 1974 summa cum laude grad­u­ate of Loy­ola Col­lege, with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in his­tory/sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, Wag­ner earned two master’s de­grees from Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity. The first was in 1980 in guid­ance and coun­sel­ing and the sec­ond in 1988 in tech­nol­ogy for ed­u­ca­tors/ ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Wag­ner has served in Mary­land pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion for 35 years. He was hired as the as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for Dorch­ester Schools in July 2007. Pre­vi­ously he was di­rec­tor of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion for Wi­comico County Pub­lic Schools from July 2004 and he served as prin­ci­pal of James M. Ben­nett High School in Sal­is­bury from Au­gust 2002 to June 2004.

Wag­ner be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer as a Bal­ti­more City Pub­lic School teacher in 1974. From 1980 to 2002, Wag­ner worked in the Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic School sys­tem, start­ing as a so­cial stud­ies teacher and then be­com­ing a guid­ance coun­selor. He be­came prin­ci­pal of Stem­mers Run Mid­dle School in Au­gust 1993 and then Ho­labird Mid­dle School in July 1997.


Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School hon­ored the grad­u­at­ing class of 2016 in a cer­e­mony held Wed­nes­day, May 25. Prin­ci­pal David Bromwell and Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Dr. Henry V. Wag­ner pre­par­ing to de­liver diplo­mas.


The Dorch­ester County com­mu­nity cel­e­brated a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the new North Dorch­ester High School on Thurs­day, Sept. 29.

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