Former longtime Bangor Superintendent, Dr. Besty Webb, passed away this week.

According to WABI TV, Webb passed away Thanksgiving morning after being placed in Hospice Care earlier this week following a long battle with an illness.

"She worked in education for four decades as both a teacher and administrator. Dr. Webb was named the 2013 Maine Superintendent of the Year and in 2012 was the Maine School Superintendents’ Association Outstanding Leadership Award Winner."

When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit in 2020, Dr. Webb did her best to lead the Bangor School system through the uncharted territory of masking and mass remote learning.

Dr. Betsy Webb, Bangor School Department
Dr. Betsy Webb, Bangor School Department

She started as Superintendent of the Bangor School System in 2008. She retired from the Bangor School System in October 2020 and took a  position as a Libra Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at the University of Maine.

The Bangor School Department issued a statement acknowledging her passing on their website. 

"It is a blessing to be surrounded by so many caring and dedicated educators in the Bangor School Department who continue her aspirations for student success. One of her many legacies is to have hired and worked side by side with so many wonderful educators. Her impact is profound and lasting”, said James Tager, Superintendent of the Bangor School Department."

Bangor School Committee member Ben Sprague commented on social media about how much of an impact Webb had on the Bangor School system:

"Dr. Webb’s imprint is all over the Bangor School Department from her unwavering commitment to academic excellence to the universal encouragement of extracurricular activities to a balanced view on budgeting with the good of the overall community always in mind. Bangor is such a special community largely because of its schools and Betsy Webb was a huge part of that. I never once doubted her absolute commitment and belief in the Bangor Schools and its students and staff. "

Our condolences to Dr. Webb's family.

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