Sussex Academy announced the appointment of Eric M. Anderson as executive director, starting July 1.

Anderson will follow Patricia S. Oliphant, who will be retiring after 16 years of service to Sussex Academy.

Anderson will bring strong instructional leadership with a broad range of knowledge on how to differentiate and deliver quality instruction for all students. He believes in the importance of supporting teachers and providing opportunities for them to further develop their professional prowess. While Anderson acknowledges academics as the primary focus, he believes well-rounded students who balance academics, athletics, clubs, service and personal growth will be best positioned to succeed.

Anderson currently serves as vice president at The Charter School of Wilmington, where he oversees 970 students and 60 faculty and staff. Prior to this role, Anderson spent eight years as a math teacher at CSW and Christiana High School. Anderson is currently the treasurer of the Delaware Charter School Network and has held the roles of president for both the Delaware Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Christina Board of Education. A native of Delaware, Anderson is currently working on his doctorate in education at Wilmington University.

During her 16-year tenure as director, Oliphant has led the school from its initial inception as a middle school, to an academic institution that now includes a high school, with its first graduating class in 2017. In addition, she has been instrumental in leading the charge to expand the facilities, add athletic fields and grow the student population to more than 750 with more than 60 faculty and staff.

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