CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Public Schools announced in a Friday, May 17, news release it had narrowed down candidates for a new superintendent to two finalists.

The two finalists are W. David Bromwell, Jr., a native of Dorchester County and the current principal at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. Lisa Hopkins, the second finalist, is a resident of Wicomico County.

Bromwell graduated Cambridge-South Dorchester in 1983 and then earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education and a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Salisbury University. Bromwell is pursuing his Doctorate of Education in Innovation at Wilmington University and is currently the principal of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.

Bromwell has worked for the Dorchester County Public School system from 1988 to the present as a teacher, dean of students at both high schools, assistant principal and principal at both schools.

Hopkins has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Science and Secondary Education as well as a Masters of Education Administration in Supervision and Administration from Salisbury University. Hopkins also is pursuing her Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Hopkins currently works as the Director of Instruction for Caroline County Public Schools and served as the supervisor of Secondary Education for Dorchester County Public Schools for four years. She also served as the Director and Supervisor for Somerset County Public Schools from 1990 to 2013.

Current Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Mitchell announced March 29 she would retire from her post June 30. The school board unanimously accepted the resignation at that time.

In her resignation letter, Mitchell wrote she would be leaving her post due to family reasons.

“Leaving Dorchester County is bittersweet, yet I find it is necessary for me to take time for family matters,” Mitchell wrote. “This decision did not come easy to me. However, I believe Dorchester County Public Schools are in a great place. Many thanks to the hard work of our central office administrators, principals and especially our teachers and so I say ‘thank you’ to them.”

The school board named Mitchell superintendent in May of 2017, succeeding Dr. Henry Wagner. She began her post in July of 2017.

“I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to have served the amazing youth of Dorchester County and to have been able to work with the Board of Education to accomplish so much for the students,” she wrote. “We have dramatically changed practices in clear and definitive ways to support all stakeholders in Dorchester County Public Schools. I am confident that the staff will continue to collaborate to build upon the pass successes and move students and families forward academically, socially and emotionally.”

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