Dorchester BOE Announces Superintendent Finalists

The Dorchester County Board of Education announced three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools, to begin with the 2017-18 school year.

The retirement of current Superintendent Dr. Henry V. Wagner will be effective Saturday, July 1, a decision he announced Dec. 15, 2016.

According to The Star Democrat,

The school board has set a goal of selecting the new superintendent by Thursday, June 1, with the position to officially begin Saturday, July 1.

Dorchester County native and longtime educator, Vaughn D. Evans Sr. has been named a finalist. He was a North Dorchester High School class of 1978 graduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration/supervision from Bowie State University, and has begun work on a doctorate in educational leadership from the same university.

Evans has been an educator for 34 years, with 15 of those years spent in the classroom. He taught at the elementary and middle schools levels, and since working in Dorchester County, has served as principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

The next finalist is Dr. Michael Collins, also a Dorchester County native and product of the public school system. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Salisbury University in 2001, but he began his educational career in 1999 as a substitute teacher with DCPS.

Post-graduation, he began teaching in Caroline County and working to earn his master’s degree in school administration, which he received in 2003 from SU. Collins earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University in 2011.

He served as an elementary school administrator for eight years in Wicomico County Public Schools, five of those years serving as a principal.

The final candidate for consideration is Dr. Diana Mitchell, who currently serves as the assistant superintendent for instructional technology with Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mitchell has 23 years of experience in public education, 19 of which were with the Prince George’s County Public School system, where she served as a high school teacher, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal, and regional instructional specialist supporting K-12 schools.

Each candidate will spend a “Day in the District,” meeting with focus groups, touring DCPS, having lunch with students, spending time with media, and dinner and dialogue with the board of education.

Evans will have his day on Tuesday, May 9, Collins on Wednesday, May 10, and Mitchell on Thursday, May 11.

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

He first was appointed to the position in July 2010, and had served as assistant superintendent for instruction in Dorchester County prior to becoming superintendent of schools.

“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.

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

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