Bruce Likly stepped down from his role as chair at the end of the Board of Education\u2019s Sept. 28 meeting, and the board voted to have Christine Finkelstein succeed him. \u201cActing as your chair for the past six years has been one of the highest honors of my life. There\u2019s no question about it,\u201d Likly told his fellow board members, citing business and personal reasons for his stepping down. \u201cAs many of you know, over the past six months, my business life has gotten incredibly busy,\u201d he said. \u201cI now have a child that I\u2019m chasing all over the country for field hockey, and I don\u2019t feel I have the time to put into the chairmanship role that I believe it deserves.\u201d Likly said he feels \u201cvery strongly\u201d about the work the board has done, its collaboration and \u201cmaking sure that everyone at the table has a voice at all times.\u201d \u201cI\u2019ve loved working with each and every one of you,\u201d he told the board. Superintendent Kevin Smith told The Bulletin he has \u201creally enjoyed working with Bruce in his capacity as chair\u201d and has \u201cprofound respect for the leadership he has provided to the board and district over the last six years.\u201d New slate Being named chair, Finkelstein vacated the vice-chair position, which the board voted to fill with Laura Schwemm. Schwemm\u2019s new position left the secretary position open, which the board voted to fill with Lory Rothstein. Finkelstein thanked the board for the \u201ctremendous honor\u201d of being named chair. \u201cLooking back, Lory, Laura and I all joined the board at the same time six years ago \u2014 now we\u2019re running the joint,\u201d Finkelstein said with a laugh. Finkelstein thanked Likly for his service and said it\u2019s been \u201can honor and a pleasure\u201d to serve as his vice chair the past few years. \u201cOne of the first things you learn when you go through Board of Education orientation is that when you get a chairman, you keep that person for as long as you possibly can, and we were blessed to keep you for six years,\u201d she said. \u201cYou truly, truly have a passion for this and it\u2019s no exaggeration \u2014 you truly are a Wilton Warrior. I know how difficult it\u2019s been with you the last few months \u2014 spread very thin \u2014\u00a0but you did give us 110%, so thank you and we will carry on.\u201d Smith said he is \u201cvery pleased\u201d that the board elected Finkelstein as the new chair. \u201cl forward to continuing our strong partnership,\u201d he said. \u201cI know that Christine, Laura Schwemm, and Lory Rothstein will be very effective leaders and strong advocates for the children of Wilton and our schools.\u201d Likly will continue to serve as a board member until November. The Board of Education\u2019s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., in Miller-Driscoll School\u2019s multi-purpose room.