Odyssey School headmaster leaving in June for N.J. post

Rogers has led facility for dyslexic pupils since '96

November 07, 2003|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

The headmaster of the Odyssey School in Stevenson has resigned to accept a position as head of a college preparatory school that educates young men with dyslexia.

M. Bradley Rogers Jr., who has been headmaster at Odyssey since 1996, will become headmaster at the Gow School in South Wales, N.J., next year. His resignation is effective June 30.

"Leaving the Odyssey School is like leaving my family," Rogers said yesterday. "Together, the trustees, parents, teachers and students of this school have created one of the finest models of how to educate students with dyslexia. I leave with great reluctance and with heartfelt appreciation."

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun incorrectly reported the location of the Gow School, which Odyssey School headmaster M. Bradley Rogers Jr., will head next fall. Gow School is in South Wales, N.Y.
The Sun regrets the error.

The Gow School, with 140 students in grades seven through 12, was founded in 1926. It is the nation's oldest college prep boarding school for young men with dyslexia.

"This is a dream come true for me," Rogers said yesterday. "There's the draw to work with upper-school students, since I get to continue teaching and also coach in the field."

During his tenure at Odyssey, Rogers and the board initiated an $8.5 million capital campaign and oversaw the construction of a facility specifically designed to serve students with dyslexia.

Odyssey was started in 1994 in a Roland Park house by a group of parents, but moved last year to the larger site in Green Spring Valley and doubled the size of the student body as well as the faculty. There are 132 boys and girls enrolled at Odyssey in grades one through eight.

"I speak for the entire board of trustees when I say that we are sincerely appreciative for all that Brad has accomplished at the Odyssey School throughout his tenure," said board Chairwoman Abigail E. Smith.

The board announced that Martha H. Sweeney, head of Odyssey's lower school, will be the interim head from July 1 until June 30, 2005, while the board conducts a nationwide search for a permanent head of school.

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