A fourth generation Oregonian Mr. Wehrli has spent the majority of his life enjoying both work and recreation throughout the state. Born and raised in the Willamette Valley he attended both private and public schools and worked on local farms during the summers. Following high school he moved to Joseph, Oregon where he worked at a lumber mill before deciding to attend Oregon State University. Passionate about the outdoors Mr. Wehrli is experienced in mountaineering, white water, and skiing and served for a number of years as a search and rescue volunteer for Marion County in the Special Vehicles Unit. Now an avid runner, he has completed 6 marathons and is a 7 year veteran of the Hood to Coast event.
Mr. Wehrli has four sons, one has graduated from Oregon State, another from Boise State and one is currently attending the University of Chicago. His youngest son is a senior attending McNary High School.
Superintendent Wehrli earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Agricultural Education at Oregon State University. Mr. Wehrli spent his first ten years in education serving as a high school instructor, FFA advisor and coach. Following the completion of his administrative credentials from Portland State University Mr. Wehrli worked as a High school Assistant Principal and Elementary Principal in the Salem Keizer school district. While on the Superintendents cabinet in Salem Mr. Wehrli pursued a job share opportunity with the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) serving as an educational consultant for the organization. At the completion of the two year term Mr. Wehrli accepted a position as the Associate Director of Policy Services for that organization. In the next eight years Mr. Wehrli continued expanding his influence as a leader in education first moving into the Director Position and then eventually becoming the Associate Executive Director for the Oregon School Boards Association overseeing both the Board Development and Policy services departments. During this time he was able to work with nearly all of the 197 school districts and Educational Service Districts in Oregon where he developed a passion for working in small districts. “As a school leader I recognized the value and benefit that a small school environment offers both students and teachers alike.” When the opportunity to serve as a Superintendent at St Paul was made available Mr. Wehrli elected to return to education at the district level. He has now beginning his third year in this position.