Nassau BOCES board member retires after more than 20 years
Stephen B. Witt, of Woodmere, is retiring from the Nassau BOCES Board of Education after eight terms and 23 years of service. He served as Board President for five years from 2009 to 2014. There is one year remaining on Mr. Witt’s last term. On May 23, the Board is expected to decide whether to make a temporary appointment or hold a special election to fill the opening.
Since joining the Board in 1996, he has played a role in numerous advancements at Nassau BOCES and in public education throughout Nassau County and the state. Most notably he helped develop the Board strategy to begin purchasing buildings instead of renting them. This initiative has saved Nassau County taxpayers millions of tax dollars.
He is especially dedicated to students with special needs. Nassau BOCES serves more than 1,600 special education students who require more services than local school districts can provide cost effectively.
“Mr. Witt is leaving a powerful legacy of service, dedication and devotion to the students of Nassau County,” said Dr. Robert R. Dillon, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent. “He has been an exceptional Board member, always dedicated to doing the right thing for students.”
Mr. Witt was also a longstanding member of the Hewlett-Woodmere School Board, serving on that board for 27 years. He was awarded the district's Distinguished Service Award and the 2009 Town of Hempstead Make a Difference Award. For many years, he was a coach for the football, basketball and lacrosse teams at Hewlett High School.
“Stephen has been a wonderful role model of what a school board member should be,” said Eric B. Schulz, Nassau BOCES Board President. “Leading by example, he has shown how we can work collaboratively while using our individual skills to bring change and improvement to school districts. His knowledge of finance helped to create the STAR program and brought fiscal relief to taxpayers. His love and knowledge of sports allowed him to participate as a coach in the Hewlett Woodmere school district where he was beloved by his players. We are much better off because of Stephen’s many years of dedicated service as well as his loyal friendship.”
A local and state leader, Mr. Witt served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (N-SSBA) and was on the Board of Directors of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). Mr. Witt has been awarded the NYSSBA Distinguished Service Award and received the association’s highest honor – the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service – in 2009.
Mr. Witt received numerous other awards during his tenure for outstanding service, including the Nassau BOCES Education Partner award; the Tri-M Honor Society Honorary Lifetime Membership Award; the Lifetime PTA Membership Award; the President's Volunteer Service Award, presented by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation; and the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation Fellow Award for his work with children.
A retired executive of J.P. Morgan and Citigroup, Mr. Witt holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an M.B.A.