Sunday, November 06, 2005

Deerfield Selects Margarita O'Byrne Curtis

Please see below an e-mail from Jeff Louis '81, Chair of the Search Committee and President of the Board of Trustees:

"With great pleasure, I write to announce that the Deerfield Academy Board of Trustees has named Dr. Margarita O’Byrne Curtis as Deerfield’s 55th Head of School.

Dr. Curtis, the Dean of Academic Studies at Andover, brings the highest qualities of leadership, character, and intellect required to lead Deerfield Academy. She is a rare scholar/educator with energy, commitment, passion, academic administrative experience, executive judgment and the interpersonal skills necessary to inspire, lead, and manage a diverse educational community like Deerfield. We are lucky to have her.

Dr. Curtis’s educational philosophy begins and ends with the welfare of students. She leads with ideas, common sense, and eloquent language. She respects school traditions and will work diligently to uphold the culture and values that Deerfield holds most dear, especially our dedication to remaining a caring community devoted to the building of character along with commitment to educational excellence.

I have had moments of enormous pride in Deerfield throughout this experience for the care and consideration you have given to our finalists. I hope all of you will offer Dr. Curtis and her husband Manning a warm Deerfield welcome when they return to campus. We are trying to schedule a time, perhaps between Thanksgiving and the Christmas break."