STAFFORD, NJ - Chris Taylor, a Stafford Township resident was honored by the Southern Regional Board of Education on Wednesday in recognition of his 19 years of outstanding service on the Southern Regional Board of Education.
Chris is a 1982 graduate of Southern Regional. At 6 foot 10, Chris played center for Southern. He was an outstanding basketball player in the Ram program and went on to compete at Rowan University. After college, Chris and his brother David went into business and are the long time owners of Taylor Made Cabinets in Manahawkin.
Chris has been a great supporter of Southern sports throughout the years. Athletic Director Chuck Donohue Jr. wrote: "Chris Taylor has been a huge supporter of Southern Athletics. I thank him for his leadership and his never ending support to not only to our athletic program but to our school district as a whole."
Board member Tom Serpico, presents Taylor
with #32, the jersey he wore while playing for
the Rams. Chris' number has been retired by
he district in honor of his years of service.
"Chris Taylor served on the Southern Regional Board of Education for over 19 years, fulfilling many roles including: President, Vice-President, Chairman of Personnel, Negotiations, Policy, Capital Projects and Regionalization committees," said Board of Education member Tom Serpico. "Chris provided outstanding leadership in all of these roles. Chris was dedicated to making the District better and always strived toward this end. Chris was always upbeat, positive and proud to be a member of the Board of Education. The Board is a better place today because of Chris’ contributions.“
Community observers have noted that Taylor has built great relationships with the students over the years. He has consistently personally encouraged Southern's students and athletes throughout the years. You will often find Chris at an athletic event and the students will stop by and greet him by name with a handshake or hug. He meets current and former students in the community and always has an encouraging, supportive greeting for each person he comes in contact with.
Chief School Administrator Craig Henry,
Kevin Lyons and Chris Taylor
"Chris Taylor served the people of the Southern Regional School District selflessly and tirelessly for 19 years. Chris joined the board at a time of contention and unprofessionalism while faced with unprecedented growth," said Kevin C. Lyons, longtime board member. "He served with 3 superintendents, oversaw the construction of the 11-12 building and guided the district through the tumultuous times of huge budget decreases with the loss of the tuition revenue due to the Barnegat withdrawal, while maintaining every program and service for the students of the district."
Lyons continued, "His tenure on the board has brought consistency, progress and success to Southern Regional to bring the district to the "flagship" level in Ocean County. I am proud to have served most of those years with him and on a personal level, I am grateful that I have gained a lifelong friend."
"Everything great the district now appreciates began, for the most part, in the era when Chris started serving on the Board," said Southern Regional Chief School Administrator Craig Henry. "His leadership, vision and commitment to students and programs were instrumental in Southern's rise to preeminence. He will be sorely missed but his mark will indelibly endure!"
Taylor was asked what he will most in leaving the Board of Education. "I'll miss working with so many amazing people who love their town and school," said Taylor. "I'll always be part of Southern."
Chris is married to Kathy. The couple have three grown children, Michael, Kelly, Jon and two grandchildren, Kyan and Remy. "My wife Kathy was always behind me giving total support," said Taylor. "I could never have done any of this without her."