Photo above: Dr. Robert Bohnstengel
Bridges Prep Board names news interim Head of School
Dr. Robert Bohnstengel, a 40-year education veteran with experience as a teacher and principal, is the new interim Head of School at downtown Beaufort’s Bridges Preparatory School. Bohnstengel started work Monday after the Bridges Board of Directors approved his hiring in an emergency session July 24. His contract is through Dec. 31. This fall, the Bridges board anticipates mounting a search for a permanent head of school.
“Bob Bohnstengel is well-prepared for the task of getting Bridges Prep ready for the upcoming school year and we are excited to have his expertise,” said Dee Matthews, board chair. “He is fully vetted and checked and ready to go at Bridges Prep.”
Bohnstengel earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s degree and Educational Specialist degree from The Citadel, and his doctorate in education administration from USC. Teachers return to Bridges Prep Aug. 5, and students start classes Aug. 12.
New Director of Career Services joins USCB
The University of South Carolina Beaufort has named Leta J. Salazar, M.S., Director of Career Services for the university. Salazar will be responsible for assisting students with the choice of a college major, helping them to choose a career, career planning and assisting in the search for the right job or graduate school.
Salazar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Auburn University.
Prior to joining the university staff, she filled a number of leadership roles in the Lowcountry tourism and hospitality industry. Most recently, she served as Research Analyst and Bluffton Marketing Manager for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau. She was responsible for managing research projects intended to promote economic development and tourism in Bluffton and the Lowcountry.