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Director Emeritus

 

  John H. Ware IV was a charter member of the Oxford Educational Foundation and was an active board member for its foundation years.  He attended Oxford Area High School, University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University.  He worked for Penn Fuel Gas Co. of Oxford and served on the board of American Water Works and was active In local organizations, including West Nottingham Township supervisors, Oxford Borough Council, and the Oxford Senior Center.  He was a lifelong member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. John was committed to philanthropy and devoted much time to making Oxford a strong and wonderful community for all who lived there. He had a strong interest in politics and education, along with an unforgettable sense of humor.

 

John C. Pittenger (1930 – 2009) helped create the Oxford Educational Foundation (OEF) in 1993.  Thanks to his commitment to and nurturing of the Foundation, the OEF has supported the schools in the OASD for over 20 years.  Mr. Pittenger passionately believed that education was the road to better self-government and a better democracy.  He exemplified these beliefs through his tenure as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education (1972 to 1977) and his teaching assignments at Harvard, Rutgers, and Franklin and Marshall College. He also served in the U.S. Army, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and other government endeavors. 

Mr. Pittenger’s guidance continues to infuse the OEF’s mission and endowment.  The John C. Pittenger Grant is awarded to principals and their staffs who are developing new programs for students.  The grant is given to commemorate Mr. Pittenger’s work and vision.   In September 2014, he was selected as one of the first four Emeritus Board members.


 

Randy Sebastian (1946 – 1997) was integral to the start up of the Oxford Educational Foundation (OEF).  He was an Oxford graduate in the class of 1964  who then graduated cum laude from Harvard University.  After serving in Viet Nam, he earned a law degree from Villanova University and returned to Chester County to practice law and raise his family. 

Mr. Sebastian was a founding member of the OEF.  It was Randy who helped with all the incorporation papers for the Foundation. He served as a Board member and increased the visibility of the Foundation by contacting fellow alumni to bring them the message of how this Foundation could mean so much to the Oxford School District.  We honor Mr. Sebastian’s memory and work when we present the Randy Sebastian Volunteer of the Year Award.  His contribution to the Foundation was so critical that Mr. Sebastian was elected as an Emeritus Board member in 2014.


 

Dr. Richard Winchester - While attending a conference for school board members, Oxford's Dr. Richard Winchester was introduced to the ideas and structure needed for an educational foundation to support a local school district. Inspired by the information at the conference, Dr. Winchester provided the spark that led to the formation of the Oxford Educational Foundation in 1994.

Dr. Winchester devoted his professional life to education. A graduate of Ursinus College and doctoral graduate of the University of Rochester, Dr. Winchester was a member of the staff and administration of The Lincoln University for 39 years as a history professor and vice-president. He also served the Oxford community as a member and president of the Oxford Area School District School Board. He remains a popular and informative guide to the educational history of this area.

While serving as a board director for ten years with four of those years as board president, Dick Winchester's energy, intellect, and efforts were used to start the foundation on its path to enhance the quality of education in the Oxford public schools. He also served as a volunteer mentor and tutor for many years. Dr. Winchester's involvement with the OEF continues to this day. In his retirement, he continues to serve as a facilitator to the board's annual retreat where he challenges the directors to continue to meet the goals of their mission statement and pushes them to increase their support to the OASD. For his vision, work, and support, Dr. Richard Winchester was chosen as a Director Emeritus in the inaugural class of 2014.

 

 

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