New Board of Trustees Officers Elected
July 15, 2003

Russell W. Blake of Pocomoke City was recently named chairperson and Henry S. Parker of Salisbury was named vice chair of the board of trustees at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury.

Velda Henry of Berlin stepped down after serving as chair for the past two years.

Blake, who was appointed to the board in 1996, served as vice chair for the past two years. He has been city manager of Pocomoke City for more than 20 years.

He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his master’s degree in business management from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

A former member of Wor-Wic’s foundation and the college’s local advisory council, Blake is also a former member of the Maryland Critical Areas Commission, the Maryland chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the International City Management Association. He is past president of the Pocomoke City Rotary Club, past president of the Maryland City Management Association and past director of the Delmarva Economic Development Association.

He and his wife, Lynn, an elementary school teacher in Accomack County, Va., have a 20-year-old daughter, Allison, and an 18-year-old son, Jeffrey.

Parker was appointed to the board for a six-year term in 2000. He was a member of the Wicomico County Council from 1982-98, serving 12 years as council president and four years as vice president. Parker was president of the Maryland Association of Counties in 1993. Parker was president of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce in 1972 and received the chamber’s civic award in 1974. He is a past president of the Salisbury Jaycees, and was honored as a Junior Chamber International senator.

After graduating from Wicomico High School, Parker joined the Army at the age of 20, during World War II. In 1939, he began working at E.S. Adkins in Salisbury, and retired 45 years later as vice president in charge of home construction, and sales and purchasing.