SNOW HILL, Md.- The Worcester County Board of Education announced Wednesday that it has appointed Dr. Jerry Wilson as superintendent of schools, pending certification approval by the Maryland State Department of Education. Wilson will assume the position on July 1.
Wilson has served as superintendent of Colorado's Poudre School District since 2006. Having also served as Superintendent in Wyoming and Oregon, Wilson has 18 years of experience in this top-leadership position. Born and educated in Silver Spring, Md., Wilson has been an educator for 34 years.
The Worcester County Board of Education said its superintendent search, facilitated by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, yielded four finalists in late April. In the final stages of the process, the Board of Education invited stakeholder groups to participate in interview sessions with each finalist. Feedback was considered in Board of Education deliberations.
"On behalf of the Board of Education," said Board President Robert A. Rothermel, Jr., "I would like to express our appreciation to those who took time out of their busy schedules to interview the finalists and provide feedback. We had four viable candidates. In the end, the decision rested with the Board of Education and ultimately, our selection was based on what is best for Worcester County students."
Wilson will fill the superintendent position held by retiring Superintendent Dr. Jon Andes. With 36 years of experience in education, Andes will retire on June 30 after serving as superintendent of Worcester County Public Schools for 16 years.
Worcester County school officials said in Wilson's capacity as superintendent of Poudre School District, PSD has realized increased student achievement, improved graduation rates, and reduced dropout rates.
"I am excited to be given the opportunity to serve as Superintendent in Worcester County, an outstanding school district renowned for high levels of performance," Wilson said in a statement. "My wife Liz and I are looking forward to meeting the educational community and learning about the culture of the district and how the educators have achieved such remarkable successes."