Spy Spotlight: Shore Exportations with Patrick Rogan


Most of Patrick Rogan’s professional life is that of a designer of exhibitions for museums. His work, at that of his firm, assemble, works collaboratively with those institutions to tell compelling stories through images and other multimedia tools. The results of which can been seen in such nationally known museums as the , National Building Museum, Carnegie Institution for Science, or the Maryland Science Center, and more locally with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Horn Point Laboratories, the Talbot Historical Society, and Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area and Historic Easton.

But through the process of developing these installations, Patrick also saw that these techniques could also apply directly to the learning process of children. The act of gathering material, doing research, and designing presentations of findings fits exceptionally well in a new era for the modern classroom, where students can use the same tools to examine the past, present, and future of the Mid-Shore.

Drawing from the life and legacy of Talbot County’s Frederick Douglass, Rogan is working closely with Talbot County Public Schools, the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, and the Talbot Historical Society during his Bicentennial year on two week interpretive workshops with local sixth and seventh graders, and TCPS teachers Colin Stibbins and Kyndell Rainer, to lead them through an exploration of our history, ecosystem, and culture to seek a better understanding of their past, present and future on the Mid-Shore.

The Spy talked to Patrick at the Waterfowl Building last week about Shore Explorations one month studio where participants will be using the legacy of Douglass and some of the Talbot Historical Society’s remarkable photographs as essential tools in sharing their hopes for the future for our area.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. We have also added clips of a video that the students created this summer as another example of Shore Explorations special approach. For more information about Shore Explorations please go here.




Mid-Shore History: William Smith’s Washington College with Colin Dickson


It is a common mistake to assume that George Washington was the founder of Washington College in 1782. That was not the case, but the future first president of the United States did agree to allow the use his name for an entirely new liberal arts college in Chestertown as well as hard cash as a donation, which was hard to come by after the Revolution.

No, that honor goes to William Smith, a brilliant academic who had helped start the College of Philadelphia (now University of Pennsylvania) with Ben Franklin and became its first leader. Forced to leave Philly due to his loyalist politics, he came to Chestertown at the request of the town, to start a revolutionary new form of undergraduate education.

In the fall of each year, as Washington College starts its new semester, we like to share an interview with former WC professor Colin Dickson in 2012 about William Smith and how extraordinarily lucky Chestertown was to have such a visionary and innovator in American education start their new school.

This video is approximately ten minutes in length. For more information about Washington College please go here

Kent School Adds Three New Board Members


The Kent School Board of Trustees has elected three new members for multi-year terms beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. The Board of Trustees at Kent School is comprised of parents, alumni, parents of alumni and community leaders. Joining the Board are Karl Adler, Jamie Kirkpatrick and Kurt M. Landgraf. Kent School is an independent, not-for-profit school and is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board is charged with keeping the school “in trust” and securing the school’s future. Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School said, “I am deeply grateful to Karl, Jamie, and Kurt for sharing their expertise with Kent School. Each of them has significant experience specific to the governance and life of independent schools. I am confident each will bring additional thoughtful and creative leadership to our school community and I cannot wait to work with them.”

Karl Adler is an experienced educator and school administrator who currently works as the Head of the Middle School at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth summer program (currently Hong Kong, previously Chestertown). He has served as the middle school head of The Calverton School (Huntingtown) and the head of St. James Academy (Monkton). He served on the Vestry of St. James (Monkton), the Board of Directors for Scientists Cliffs Association (Port Republic) and the Board of Directors of Flag Harbor Condo Association (St. Leonard). Karl earned a BA in English from Muhlenberg College, an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Goucher College and Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University where Nancy had the pleasure to teach him.

Jamie Kirkpatrick graduated from The Choate School and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and served for six years in the Peace Corps before obtaining a Master of Arts Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in Massachusetts. He was Director of International Programs at Special Olympics from 1984-1989 and served as Director of College Counseling at the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland from 1993-2015. In 2008, he spent four months on a Teaching Fellowship at St. Andrews University in Scotland. After retiring from Landon, Jamie has worked as a consultant to the college counseling offices of St. Andrews Episcopal School, Georgetown Day School, Gunston School, and Severn School. Jamie is currently a freelance writer and photographer. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, and Philadelphia Inquirer; recent magazine articles have appeared in The Washington College Alumni Magazine and American Cowboy Magazine. His first book of photography, A Place to Stand, was published by The Chester River Press in 2015. Jamie writes and illustrates a weekly column called Musings for The Chestertown Spy. His second book, Musing Right Along, was published in May, 2017. A sequel—I’ll Be Right Back—was released this summer.

Kurt M. Landgraf, a former corporate executive with deep experience in financial accountability, information technology, and integrated business strategies, was named President of Washington College in July 2017. Kurt was a senior executive with DuPont and held a 13-year tenure as President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. He also served as vice chairman of New Jersey’s Higher Education Commission, the state’s governing board for colleges and universities, and president of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Kurt earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wagner College, and then launched his business career in the pharmaceuticals industry. He went on to earn three master’s degrees: an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.Ed. in educational administration from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in sociology from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and serves on the boards of Corning Incorporated and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.

In addition to electing these new trustees, the Board also elected Harry ‘Stoney’ Duffey and Thomas Gale to the role of Trustee Emeritus. This designation recognizes a long serving former Trustee who has made an extraordinary contribution to the School. Mugele continued, “Both Stoney and Tom have served the school in vital ways over the School’s fifty year history. I am certain we would not be where we are today nor poised for future successes without their wisdom and dedication.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, is an independent school serving boys and girls from Preschool through Grade Eight. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110

Steve Golding Named as Chair of Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors


Steve Golding a 1972 graduate and a member of Washington College’s Board of Governors since 2003, has been elected to the position of Board Chair. H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., a 1985 graduate, Board member since 2003 and Board Chair since 2014, recently was named General Electric’s new lead independent director.

Recognized as one of the country’s leading CEO’s, Culp became Board Chair shortly after his retirement from the Danaher Corporation, after serving as its CEO for 15 years. “Serving as Board Chair has been as rewarding as any experience in my career. Washington College, its town and its future are near and dear to my heart. I am thrilled to take on this new opportunity at GE, and I am delighted to pass the Board gavel to Steve Golding, who will bring his immense talent and leadership abilities at an exciting time for the college. I am pleased to remain on the Board. I remain committed to supporting our outstanding college, albeit with less time due to my new commitment at GE.”

Washington College President Kurt Landgraf noted, “It has been a great honor to work with Larry, one of our country’s finest CEO’s and one of Washington College’s most significant benefactors. Along with his wife Wendy, he has made generosity to the college and to Chestertown’s top priorities. It is a tribute to his leadership, and a testament to the formative education he received at Washington College, to know that he is serving one of our country’s most iconic companies. This is truly a capstone for Washington College, and I am grateful that Larry will remain on the board and continue to co-chair our Forge a Legacy campaign.”

Steve Golding brings 25 years of higher education leadership experience to his new role, having served as CFO, Budget Director or Chief Administrative Officer at four different public and private national universities. Prior to entering higher education financial management, Steve was the State of Delaware’s Secretary of Finance and Budget Director. Golding offered, “I am humbled to assume the responsibilities of Board Chair at this historic institution that I have loved since I came to Chestertown as a student in 1968. There are few things more important than helping to lay the proper foundation for Washington College to grow and prosper in its third century, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members, the college’s senior staff, faculty and students to help guide its vibrant future.”

President Landgraf added, “I have had the pleasure to work with Steve on numerous issues during my presidency. His significant experience in higher education working with college administrations and faculty, his institutional knowledge of Washington College, and his work on board committees will prove invaluable as Washington College forges its path to the future. I am excited to work with him in to strengthen Washington College as a transformational learning institution.”


Hogan Establishes Statewide Schools Investigator General


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Tuesday forming an Office of Education Accountability, an independently appointed investigator general, to look into allegations of corruption, abuse and other improprieties in the public education systems across the state.

The governor’s announcement comes on the heels of several high-profile scandals in Maryland school systems.

In Prince George’s County, school board members last year accused county school system leadership of artificially inflating graduation rates by altering students’ grades, and in March cited unapproved pay raises for some school system staff.

Hogan highlighted former Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance’s recent jail sentence after he pleaded guilty in March to perjury as an example of the need for more oversight. Dance failed to disclose income he received from a company that he helped to obtain a no-bid contract with the school system.

“After repeated allegations of wrongdoing, mismanagement and corruption, citizens have lost confidence in the leadership of their local school systems,” Hogan said at a State House news conference. “Our children cannot and should not have to wait until the Legislature returns in January,” the governor said. “They deserve action beginning right now.”

The newly formed office “will act as a liaison between local boards of education, the state Board of Education and Maryland’s concerned citizens,” Hogan said. “This new unit will be responsible for analyzing, coordinating and providing recommendations on matters including procurement improprieties, abuse, neglect, safety, grade fixing, graduation requirements, assessments, educational facilities and budgetary issues.”

A bill Hogan, a Republican running for re-election, spearheaded earlier this year to establish an investigative oversight office for schools failed in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

The governor’s executive order will be followed by the introduction of the Accountability in Education Act of 2019 to the General Assembly after the legislative session begins Jan. 9, Hogan said. The act would establish the Office of State Education Investigator General, an independent part of the Maryland State Department of Education, and would be appointed by Hogan, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George’s, Charles and Calvert and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel.

“This new office will be charged with investigating complaints of unethical, unprofessional, improper or illegal conduct in our schools,” Hogan said, and “will be able to make inquiries, have the ability to obtain information by subpoena and hold hearings in order to get to the truth.”

John Woolums, the director of governmental relations for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, said his office has previously opposed similar legislation to create a statewide inspector general, and their position would not change with the governor’s announcement.

“It’s not reflective of any reluctance to be subject to accountability but in fact it’s because there is ample authority residing with the state’s superintendent of schools and the state Board of Education to provide oversight and enforce state laws and regulations that they determine are not being followed or adhered to by local school systems,” Woolums said. “There have been bills in the past introduced to create an inspector general and we’ve traditionally and consistently opposed those.”

Hogan appointed Valerie Radomsky to be the director of the newly formed office. Radomsky, a former Baltimore County school teacher, is a Board of Public Works coordinator in the Maryland comptroller’s office.

The new office would be responsible for responding to complaints and referring them to the State Board of Education or other public school agencies. The complaints, and their resolutions, would be maintained in a database, Hogan said. An annual report of the findings and recommendations would be submitted to the General Assembly, he added.

Hogan’s gubernatorial opponent, Democratic candidate Ben Jealous, criticized Hogan’s announcement.

“A political investigator run out of the governor’s office won’t change the fact that our schools are underfunded by billions of dollars and our teachers are underpaid. As governor, I will fully fund our schools, not blame our hardworking teachers and support staff.”

Hogan maintains he has spent record amounts of money on education in Maryland, in excess of the Legislature’s mandated funding formulas.

Jealous announced a piece of his own education agenda Tuesday, promising the creation of a Teacher School Supply Fund. The money would come from other Marylanders choosing to donate a portion of their tax returns.

Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost voiced her disappointment at Hogan’s decision to sign the executive order.

“On what should be an exciting first day (of school), to hear Gov. Hogan highlight failures when he, for the past three years has underfunded our schools…” Bost said. “The governor’s office already has agencies available to look into claims of fraud. This is a diversion of resources, and campaign rhetoric.”

By Brooks DuBose

Where Professors Become Students: WC-ALL Starts Its 25th Year with David White


David White is no stranger to college campuses. He had been a professor (middle eastern history) or a dean his entire career before deciding to retire to Chestertown six years ago. So it is no surprise that he now can be seen on Washington College’s campus as the current chair of the Advisory Council for WC-ALL; the community’s lifetime learning center.

WC-ALL celebrated its 25th year this summer and the Spy thought it was a good time to check in on this important program for over 400 students, and asked David to stop by the Spy HQ earlier this week for a quick chat.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about WC-ALL and its programs please go here

Chesapeake Names Amber McGinnis Interim Cambridge Center Director


Chesapeake College President Dr. Clifford P. Coppersmith today announced that Cambridge resident Amber Tolley McGinnis will serve as Interim Director of the Cambridge Center effective August 16.

A college faculty member since 2008, McGinnis is an Assistant Professor of Communications and has been the Honors Program Director since 2015.

“As a community resident, Amber has a great appreciation for all that Dorchester County offers to its citizens and employers,” said Dr. Coppersmith. “With her strong communications background, she understands the importance of offering classes that meet the community’s needs and how to best market those programs to prospective students.”

He added that McGinnis’s tenure with the college, understanding of the school’s dual enrollment and credit programs, familiarity with faculty and staff, and knowledge of Dorchester County made her particularly well suited for this year-long appointment.

As Interim Director, McGinnis will facilitate a strategic planning process to address educational and workforce development pathways that are central to Dorchester’s economy including manufacturing, healthcare, tourism, and agriculture. She will also oversee plans for the Cambridge Center’s 40th anniversary in 2019.

A popular and well-regarded faculty member, McGinnis was awarded Chesapeake’s 2018-2020 Stuart M. Bounds Distinguished Teaching Chair for innovation in teaching and learning.

“I want to establish relationships critical to the Cambridge Center’s success and anticipate working closely with local educators, residents and the business community to strengthen the campus’ role as a center of both credit and workforce development partnerships,” McGinnis said. “I look forward to working on the strategic plan to help identify and build programs, partnerships and internships that strengthen our role and relationships.”

McGinnis, a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, said she will continue to oversee the college’s Honors Program from Cambridge and plans to teach one section of Communications 101(Fundamentals of Oral and Organizational Communications) at the Cambridge Center during the fall and spring semesters.

McGinnis is a graduate of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Towson University and a Masters of Arts in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore.

A Dorchester County native, McGinnis is married and has two children.

Prior to her tenure at Chesapeake, she was employed for seven years by Erickson Retirement Communities in Baltimore in a variety of positions culminating as Director of Advertising where she oversaw a $10 million strategic marketing and communications budget.

About Chesapeake College

Founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first regional community college, Chesapeake serves five Eastern Shore counties – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. With more than 130,000 alumnae, Chesapeake has 2,300 students and almost 10,000 people enrolled in continuing education programs.

WC Student Helps Community Residents Preserve African American History


The first time she set foot in what was then the brand-new National Museum of African American History and Culture, Paris Young was in high school, and she knew that she wanted to work there one day. She just didn’t think that opportunity would come as soon as her freshman year of college.

“At one point in time, African American history wasn’t preserved. And we didn’t have documentation,” says Young, who is majoring in political science with minors in justice, law, and society and black studies. “A lot of people don’t even think what they have is something special. It’s just sitting in people’s attics. People don’t think, ‘This is important for my great- great-grandchildren.’ But once those pictures are gone, they are gone. And that’s why I think this project is important.”

Young’s work is also laying the groundwork for a major Starr Center initiative. During two visits to Chestertown, Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the new Smithsonian museum, began working with the center and local leaders to develop what has been dubbed the Chesapeake Heartland Project, an innovative digital archive that will preserve and share Kent County’s African American history.

Irene Moore of Georgetown, Md., and Paris Young. Credit: Washington College

“While still in its initial phase, this project has brought the College and community together to celebrate the unique African American history of the Chesapeake Bay region,” says Pat Nugent, deputy director of the Starr Center. “And Paris is right there at the middle of everything, meeting with church members, store owners, and community organizers in Kent County, as well as program directors, curators, and historians on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.”

One community member, 80-year-old Irene Moore of Georgetown, covered the table at the Starr Center conference room with photos and newspaper clippings. Many of them documented a racially segregated one-room schoolhouse in Worton Point, built in 1890, that she attended from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Young says she didn’t even know the internship at the museum existed when she received an email from Nugent encouraging her to apply. History Professor Carol Wilson and College Dean Patrice DiQuinzio had recommended her based on her enthusiasm and talent for interpreting African American history, whether in her pre-orientation program focused on Harriet Tubman or Wilson’s introductory history course on the Underground Railroad.

Now that Paris is an intern at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, she’s soaking up all she can while constantly meeting new people and making new contacts.

“I’m working with curators and conservators because I have to actually know what I’m doing with the materials. And I’m talking to community members,” she says. All the interns work in the same room, so they share stories with each other about what they’re working on. “It’s really fun, it’s really hectic. The line of visitors always wraps all the way around the corner, every single day, and my boss is super cool, super open. It’s just very fun.”

A member of the Black Student Union and Cleopatra’s Sisters, Young wants to be a lawyer specializing in civil rights. She says the internship is teaching her communication, team-building, and public outreach skills she knows will be helpful in the future.

“I like to work by myself, I’m a very self-sufficient person, so by doing this I’ve noticed that I have other skills that I haven’t tapped into yet. It’s possible for me to work with 20 people and not go insane because there’s so many people talking to me at once. I’m actually balancing everything well for myself because I usually don’t do this type of work,” she says. “This project has made me more outgoing and given me abilities I will most definitely use when I go to law school.”

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

WC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning Starts September 4; Register Soon


On September 4, Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning will resume classes for the 26th time in its history. Founded in 1992 as a continuing education program for adult learners, WC-ALL enrolls about 400 members each semester and offers courses taught by community members which cover a broad range of topics. Participants can sign up for as many courses as they wish for one inclusive membership fee. There are no educational requirements for membership, and no papers or exams. WC-ALL promotes learning for the joy of it.

The curriculum committee, headed by Ed Minch, is pleased to announce a dynamic lineup of fall courses. The first 6 week session, running from Sept. 4 through Oct. 12, includes some familiar titles, such as “WC-ALL Premier Movies” with Nancy Hartman, “Astronomy: Enjoying the Light” with Dennis Herrmann, and another in a series of popular seminars led by Jane Hukill and Dick Hawkins entitled “Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television.” Dick Swanson will again host 6 area business organizations to present an overview of their enterprise, mission, goals, activities, and impact on local life in “Kent County Enterprise Potpourri.” Several new topics are on tap as well, including David Turner’s “Horseplay: Chestertown’s Other Sport” with a history of local equestrian activities and visits to 4 area stables to learn about each one’s particular discipline. Washington College’s John Seidel and the Center for Environment and Society will present “WC’s River and Field Campus (Chino Farm)” with a look at the history, research, and future plans for the unique campus, including an on-site visit.

During the second session, running from Oct. 21 – Dec. 7, John Christie will offer 2 sections of the ever-popular Supreme Court class, reviewing a “momentous” term for a full bench of 9 judges for the first time after 2 terms. A new course called “The Exponential Power of Two: Kent County’s Artistic Duos” will be moderated by Jonathan Chace. At each session, a local couple will describe their artistic endeavors, creative process, and how their collaborative chemistry gives greater depth and meaning to their work. Richard Lohkamp will explore a provocative question in “What Does ‘Being a Man’ Mean in the 21st Century?”, and if you tend to shy away from poetry, “Poetry for People Who Think They Don’t Like Poetry” by Jeff Coomer and Jay Stearns may be the class for you. There will also be courses on water science, the Submarine Service, western art, digital photography, immigrant literature, basic Spanish, and much more.

To learn more about WC-ALL’s full list of fall course offerings, visit our table at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market on Aug. 4 and 11, and plan to attend Fall Showcase at 4 pm on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Hotchkiss Recital Hall, located in Gibson Center for the Arts on the Washington College Campus.

The course catalog and registration information are available at http://www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/what-were-studying.php/ or call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221. Registration for both fall sessions runs from Aug. 2 – 21. Please note that classes are filled as registrations are received.