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Farewell to Two Retiring Owner Member School Superintendents

This month, we’d like to acknowledge two long-time local school superintendents who will soon be retiring: Dr. Ben Kiser, Superintendent of Gloucester County Public Schools, and Dr. David Stuckwisch, Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools.

In Gloucester County, Dr. Ben Kiser has served as school division superintendent for the last 11 years, and will retire after a total of 40 years as a professional educator.  He has overseen many successes and challenges during his tenure, including the rebuild of Page Middle School after it was destroyed by a tornado in 2011.

Dr. David Stuckwisch has served as Portsmouth Public Schools’ superintendent since 2003.  His previous roles include science teacher, soccer coach and high school principal.  He has implemented many new college and technical education programs for Portsmouth schools with the goal of giving students more career opportunities after graduation.

Many people do not realize that WHRO is owned and operated by 19 public school divisions from throughout the area, including Gloucester and Portsmouth public schools.  We meet regularly with the superintendents from these divisions, and their leadership and guidance have brought us to where we are today.  For the past 11 years, Dr. Kiser and Dr. Stuckwisch have helped influence many of WHRO’s educational products and services.

Bert Schmidt, WHRO’s President and CEO, said “WHRO has always enjoyed a strong working relationship with our owner school superintendents and over the years, we’ve benefited from very low turnover.  Unfortunately, this year we’re losing two really effective leaders who have been instrumental in helping us execute a number of forward looking services such as eMediaVA, online course development and personal publishing.  We wish them well and can guarantee that their vision lives on.”

We’d like to congratulate Dr. Kiser and Dr. Stuckwisch on their retirements and thank them for helping keep WHRO on the forefront of education!