Wauwatosa School Board appoints new member to vacant board seat

Wauwatosa School Board appoints new member to vacant board seat


The Wauwatosa School Board has appointed Dr. Eric Jessup-Anger to the vacant Seat #3, created by the resignation of Emily Kenney in August.


The Board unanimously selected Dr. Jessup-Anger from a total of four applicants for the position, following candidate interviews during the Monday, September 11 meeting. Dr. Jessup-Anger’s term, which began after he took the oath of office on Monday, will run through the spring election in April of 2018.


“Eric knows what it takes for students to be college-ready and career-ready because he lives and breathes it in his professional career at UW-Milwaukee,” said School Board President Shawn Rolland. “We want Wauwatosa schools to be the destination for equity and academic excellence - and Eric's voice will help us to accelerate that vision.”


Dr. Jessup-Anger, a parent to two daughters who attend Roosevelt Elementary School, has spent his career working in public education at the post-secondary level. Currently, he works at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as the Director of Student Involvement and Associate Director of the UWM Student Union.


“When my wife and I moved back to Wisconsin several years ago, we settled in Wauwatosa because of the quality of schools, the walkable neighborhoods, and the unique sense of place and community that exists here,” Anger said in his application letter. “I cannot imagine living anywhere else in Wisconsin.”


Dr. Jessup-Anger and his wife are frequent parent volunteers at Roosevelt and active members of the Tosa East Towne neighborhood.


His educational background includes a doctorate of philosophy in higher education, a master's degree, and a bachelor’s degree in educational foundations, a program of study that focused on K-12 educational policy. As part of his schooling, Dr. Jessup-Anger completed an internship with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Additionally, he spent five years on the Board of Directors of Highland Community School, where his children attended prior to moving in the Wauwatosa School District several years ago.


As a member of the school board, Dr. Jessup-Anger said his priorities will align with those of the Board and District in creating educational opportunity for all children.


When asked during the interview what he views as the three most important responsibilities of the District, Dr. Jessup-Anger said student learning and success for all children, the health, and well-being of all children, and making sure there is a plan in place for the future when it comes to the District’s facilities.


If he chooses, Dr. Jessup-Anger will have the opportunity to run for his seat in the April election and if elected, would serve the remainder of Ms. Kenney’s unexpired term, which is through April 2019.


Applications for Ms. Kenney’s vacated seat were accepted from Monday, July 31, through Tuesday, September 5.


To view the full meeting and candidate interviews, click HERE.