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The Board is organized to lend public support to the importance of character education in Maryland. All of its founding members are leaders in the business, civic and education communities in Maryland. They accepted invitations to the Advisory Board because they understand each from their own perspective; how family centered character education in all of our schools contributes to academic achievement, lowered truancy and classroom disruption, and school safety. It is also a centerpiece for a full education, one that helps students understand how they can and should live in a free and pluralistic society.


This Advisory Board is chaired by J. William Knott, President of Wachovia Bank, Maryland, and includes:


Dr. Walter S. Amprey - Former Superintendent. BCPS; Pres. The Kimbeli Group
William J. Baird, Jr. - President, Willis of Maryland Inc.
Richard O. Berndt, Esq. – Attorney & Civic Leader
Joseph Di Blasi - Business Executive, First Advisory Services
James Piper Bond - Pres. Living Classrooms Foundation
Robert R. Bowie,Jr. - Esq., Attorney and Civic Leader
Senator James Brochin - State Senator, Baltimore County
M. Jenkins Cromwell, Jr .- Civic Leader
Dr. Francis Draper - Civic Leader, retired Board of the Afro-American Newspapers
Merrill Hall - Retired Headmaster of Calvert School
John P. Healy, Esq. - Attorney, Howard County
Kalman R. Hettleman - Former School Board Member BCPS and Education Activist
Donald P. Hutchinson - President, Sun Trust Bank
Lillian Jones - Civic leader, Exec Ass’t to Senator Joan Conway
Francis J. Knott - President, Vital Economy, Inc.- Chairman, Franciscan Center
Stephen Lafferty- Deputy Planning Director, Howard County
Hon. Laurence Levitan - Former State Senator; Sponsor of 1979 Values Educ Comm. Res.
Charles Obrecht - Developer and Character Education leader
Deborah S. Phelps - Distinguished Educator, Baltimore County
Michael Phelps - Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist
Martin Siegel - Rabbi and President of Behavioral Institute
Dr. Craig E. Spilman - Former MS Principal; Exec.Dir of College Bound Foundation
Mrs. J. Royall Tipett, Jr.- Civic Leader
John Anthony Wolf - Esq. & COO, OberKahler, Board of Maryland Mentoring Partnership
Dr. Andrew Dotterweich, Jr. - C.A.P.E.
Dr. Maurice B. Howard - Retired, Baltimore City Public Schools
Dr. Gary Thrift - Baltimore City Public Schools
Mr. Steven M. Selzer - Law Office
Mr. Michael McArdle - Maryland Higher Education.
Dr. Ted Haynie - Calvert County Public Schools
Honorable Louis Becker
Mr. Richard Allen - Retired, Character Counts MidShore
Mr. Andrew Bowden - Legg Mason
Mr. James Kilma - KIss Financial
The Honorable Judge John Carroll Byrnes - Retired, Circuit Court of Baltimore City
Barbara Luther, Retired, Character Education Partnership
Dara Feldman - The Heart of Education
Phyllis Bailey - Retired, BCPS
Carol Jean Young - Founder and President, American Student's Fund
Phil Catania - Private Consultant, Director of Leadership for Schools at the Institute for Excellence & Ethics






Stevenson University

Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson

School of Education

1525 Greenspring Valley Road

Stevenson, MD 21153-0641

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