Normally, when Henrico teachers, mostly retired by now, consider Dr. William C. Bosher, they simply understand he lacked the bureaucratic odor. He simply avoided the malady…he did not speak nor share inanities of bureaucratic vocabulary. No fabrications in his leadership.

William (Bill) Cleveland Bosher, Jr. was in recent years Distinguished Professor Public Policy and Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. He came through the ranks, starting in Henrico County, VA where he taught and later became superintendent. Making my career change to the classroom in 1984, I was simply fortunate to work under him….he would later become dean of the VCU School of Education.

Most importantly, he headed off silly far-fetched nationally educational trends, one after another, keeping the system straight and narrow. He would use imagery of English literature, mesmerizing both student and teacher. He could be forcefully blunt: “OBE (Outcome Based Education) in Virginia is dead.” We were so grateful.

As a middle aged new-comer from the real corporate world, I early understood Dr. Bosher valued and understood his richest asset: the teacher – how fortunate for us.

Raymond B. Wallace, Jr.    (December 1 2014)