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United Way director accepts job with schools

June 07, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - The United Way of Washington County's executive director has accepted a job with Washington County Public Schools.

Dale Bannon Jr., who has been with the United Way for more than two years, will take over as director of system development July 2. He'll replace Roger Giles, who will retire at the end of the month after a 33-year career in education.

"One of my passions is education," Bannon said. "I believe the stronger our public school system, the stronger our community, our neighborhoods, our children's futures, our economic development. It's going to be very exciting for me to be part of a growing school system and be a part of bringing continued success to the school system."

The director of system development works largely with procuring special funds from federal and state sources, as well as foundations, to supplement the general budget, Giles said. He also works with the school system's grant specialist.

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"I just think (Bannon) will be a great addition to our administrative team," Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said. "He has a lot of talent and respect. And both of those qualities will serve him well in his new role."

Bannon's last day with the United Way will be June 29.

"But I'm not going far," he said. "My journey of working with great people who care about the community continues."

He said he'll miss working with the volunteers, donors and partner agencies at the United Way.

"I certainly feel like our loss is a tremendous gain for the public school system," said United Way Board of Directors President AnJie Doll. "We appreciate Dale's leadership and his contributions and feel fortunate as a member of the community that Dale will be remaining in the community."

Doll said a committee is forming that will oversee the search for a new executive director. The board learned Tuesday night of Bannon's departure, and she said it was too soon to speculate on any potential replacements.

Another committee will make a recommendation to the board on how the United Way should operate until a new executive director is approved by the board. Doll said it is likely an executive director will not be named until after Bannon leaves the organization.

"I think (Bannon) is well qualified, and I'm really excited that he is going to assume this position," Giles said. "He just brings a wealth of knowledge of our community."

Giles has been director of system development for one year, and worked as director of funded and special programs for four years. He taught English and speech communications for 17 years at South Hagerstown High School. He was assistant principal for a short time at South Hagerstown before working at North Hagerstown High School.

He also was an assistant principal briefly at Williamsport High School before taking the position of principal at that school.

Bannon and Giles said that while they are leaving their current jobs, they would welcome an opportunity to continue some level of involvement. Bannon said he could be asked to serve the United Way as a volunteer.

Giles said he would like to continue working in some capacity on plans for a new Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, a project he has been involved in for about five years.

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