Rodel Welcomes Wayne Holden as New Board Chair

September 19th, 2011

Category: News

It’s my pleasure to welcome Wayne Holden as the new Chair of the Board of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware.  Wayne has served on our board in many key roles—including Vice Chair, Treasurer, and chair of our Governance Committee—since 1999 when the foundation was established by the Budinger family. 

A longtime civic and business leader, philanthropist, and volunteer, Wayne is a recipient of the 2007 Allen Cup Award for Philanthropic Leadership and has served many other charitable organizations, including the Nature Conservancy, the Delaware State Health Planning Resources Council, and the United Way and the Delaware Community Foundation, both of which he served as board chair. And that’s just the short list.

Wayne was active in the field of financial consulting for over 38 years, working for Dean Witter Reynolds early in his career and later for Merrill Lynch, where he served as First Vice President of Investments before retiring in 2009. He also served in the U.S. Army for four years as an Executive Officer, Forward Observer, and Battery Commander, and was awarded a Soldier’s Medal.

His devotion to Delaware public education has been unwavering and his new commitment to Rodel couldn’t come at a better time. The next few years will be critical for Delaware’s public schools, so it gives us confidence knowing that Wayne will be leading our efforts along the way. As he said himself, “What can be accomplished is only limited by our own vision.”

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