Wye River Upper School Pledges Plan For Strong Presence; Announces New Trustees

The Wye River Upper School Board of Trustees recently met for their annual retreat and, with unanimous agreement, indicated their intent to strengthen and grow the school as a much needed and valued resource to the Mid-Shore region.  “WRUS meets a very crucial educational need in the Mid-Shore and Central Maryland area.  Even through this economy, an increasing number of families are seeking us out to provide the more personal and individualized instruction their students need,” reports Chrissy Aull, Head of School.  Part of the school’s growth and development includes the addition of three new Trustees, whose skills will bring increased breadth and stability to the work of the school.

Greg Wannenwetsch, Chair, announced the three new Trustees during the retreat.
Ludwig Eglseder, M.D., of Easton joined the group in late August.  Dr. Eglseder has been practicing internal medicine in Easton since 1986, where he currently manages a “Concierge Practice”.  He serves as an attending physician on staff at Memorial Hospital in Easton where he regularly sees his patients.  Eglseder and his wife Kim have five children.  He has committed his time to WRUS as he views the school “as a unique educational program that serves a need which has been almost entirely neglected in the public and private school sectors on the Eastern Shore…WRUS allows a local educational program for children that would otherwise flounder in our schools…the children and the school clearly deserve all the support that can be mustered.”

John Devlin has also accepted a three year term as a Trustee.  A resident of Oxford, Devlin first became acquainted with WRUS as the facilitator of their ongoing Strategic Plan Committee.  Devlin seconds Eglseder’s perspective “WRUS uniquely provides a transformational experience for high schoolers who would struggle to succeed in the standard school environment.”  Devlin is the Managing Director of Town Creek Analytics.  He founded Town Creek after a 28 year management consulting career with Ernst & Young consulting and its successor, Cap Gemini, retiring as Managing Partner for the firm’s North American Utility Industry Services. Town Creek helps organizations to improve performance through leadership development, leveraging internal skills, creating new opportunities and improving processes and the use of technology.

Bob Richardson is a C.P.A.  and holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore.  A resident of Ellicott City, Md., Richardson has accumulated over twenty five years of service to ARINC, Inc. of Annapolis where he now serves as the Director of Accounting.  Richardson will assume the position of Treasurer of WRUS.  Richardson’s wife Laura is the President of the WRUS Parent’s Association.  “I look forward to working with the school during this upcoming and exciting period.  I know there are some challenges in front of us,” acknowledges Richardson.

The full Board recently held their annual retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) Arts and Education Building.  Their focus is on planning for a relocation off of the campus of Chesapeake College.  “We hope to remain on the college campus through the school year 2010-11, even beyond that as we locate and create our permanent home.  We are in negotiation and conversation with several locations and property owners in and around Wye Mills and Grasonville.  As we search, we are fully engaged in a strategic planning process in order to identify our areas for growth and resource development,” reports Wannenwetsch.  Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school for grades 9-12 that offers a supportive, yet challenging curriculum for students with a wide range of learning styles and needs in the Eastern Shore and Central Maryland regions.  WRUS is located on the campus of Chesapeake College in the Higher Education Center and Caroline Center and provides state of the art technology, digital arts, foreign language instruction, including Latin, , interscholastic sports, and dual enrollment at Chesapeake College, with a low student/teacher ratio.  For more information, contact the Admissions Department at 410-827-5822.

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