Superintendent Wagner announces retirement
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.