Pasco Education Foundation executive director resigns
Pasco Education Foundation executive director Chip Wichmanowski has called it quits after 37 years with the Pasco County school system, including the past 15 with the foundation.
He plans to go into the private sector as a consultant to foundations, nonprofit organizations and businesses.
"At age 59, I am looking at the fact that for the next several years ... I am looking forward to doing a job that is something I've picked out to do," Wichmanowski told the Gradebook. "I am very excited to see what business opportunities might be out there for me."
Wichmanowski started his career in the Pasco district as a third grade teacher at Schrader Elementary School. After several teaching and coaching positions, he became assistant principal and then principal of Gulfside Elementary, then principal of Calusa Elementary before taking over as district communications director in 1997. He oversaw the foundation in that role, moving over to become executive director two years later.
During his tenure, the foundation grew its many support programs such as Take Stock In Children and teacher grants, increasing its assets to nearly $4 million. The foundation will conduct a national search for Wichmanowski's replacement.