STEVENSVILLE — Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed former Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Mark Anderson of Stevensville to fill the vacant seat for District 4 on the local school board.

Anderson said he received a phone call Friday, Feb. 7, from the state Secretary of Appointments, informing him of his appointment to replace former school board member Sharyn Harlow, who resigned at the end of November.

“I look forward to serving. It’s an extremely important position. Anyone who has ever done anything important in their life, I ask who taught them,” Anderson said in a phone interview Monday evening, Feb. 10. “Students who want to learn and know more, their teachers had a great influence on them.”

Anderson said he had already been contacted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Andrea Kane and School Board President Tammy Harper.

“Mr. Anderson brings a wealth of private sector and public service experience to the Board and I look forward to working with him,” Harper said in a statement.

“I appreciate the professional relationship that Mr. Anderson and I shared when he was a county commissioner. His support and interest in our expanding work with youth apprenticeship will be a great segue to his role as a new board member,” Kane said.

Anderson said he didn’t know when his swearing in ceremony officially will take place, but he has been invited to attend a 5 p.m. workshop Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the board office in Centreville to learn where in the budget process the board is for next year.

“I need to see what’s going on and find out what Dr. Kane wants that’s not happening yet,” Anderson said. “I have a chance to make a difference in something that matters.”

Anderson is president of the Plantation Lane Homeowners Association. He retired from the Nevamar Corporation in 1995 and has been an active member of the Kent Island community, serving as a member of the Kent Island Elks Lodge 2576, Kent Island American Legion Post 278 and the Kent Island Heritage Society.

Anderson will serve until the November 2020 General Election.

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