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Maryland School for the Blind Superintendent chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2020

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Leadership Maryland announced on Wednesday that William Robert Hair ’20, Superintendent at The Maryland School for the Blind, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

Hair is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 28th class – the Class of 2020, who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic, and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

Hair, a leader in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, has been on the staff of The Maryland School for the Blind since 2016 and was appointed Superintendent in September 2018. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Opera and the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. He has been a member of the Lions Club International since 2016 and is currently a member of the Overlea Lions Club, volunteering his time and talents in his home and business communities.


“This was our most competitive cohort of applicants in our history, which is a testament to our members encouraging a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state to apply to our program and share in their experience,” said Renée M. Winsky ‘05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “This year’s class is a powerful cross-section of leaders from our state. I’m excited to see them come together as a group and do great things in their workplaces, communities and beyond in the years to come.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit, call 410-841-2101 or email

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