Charles I. (Chuck) Ecker has joined Linwood Center’s Advisory Board as their Chief Educational Advisor. Linwood Center provides education, vocational training, residential support and employment opportunities for people living with autism and related developmental disabilities. Ecker is the immediate past Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, which he served for 10 years. Ecker was Howard County Executive from 1990-1998. Prior to his election, he spent 33 years in the Howard County, Prince George’s County and Carroll County Public School Systems.
Among his many volunteer activities, Ecker serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma and on the Boards of Directors of the Council on Economic Education in Maryland and makingCHANGE, a financial wellness center.
“We are pleased and honored that Chuck Ecker has joined our Advisory Board at this time. His experience and expertise will be invaluable when we open Linwood School in August,” Executive Director Bill Moss said.
Linwood Center has a new school building under construction near the Linwood manor house on its property in Ellicott City. Linwood School will house a state-of-the-art educational program in a 36,000 square foot building. In addition to accepting students on the more challenging end of the spectrum, the new school will allow Linwood to accept kindergarten to 12th grade students with less severe forms of autism. There are no other comprehensive nonpublic autism programs close to Howard County, and many local students with autism are bused to schools outside the county.