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    Head of Manhattan’s Brearley School Resigns Abruptly

    From N.Y. Times by Jenny Anderson:
    The head of the Brearley School in Manhattan, one of the nation’s most highly regarded private schools for girls, has abruptly resigned, according to letters that were sent to families and alumni from the school’s board of trustees.

    Dr. Stephanie J. Hull, who has been at the helm at Brearley for eight years, will take a sabbatical due to her for the next year while a search committee looks for a replacement. No interim leader has been named.

    It was unclear what precipitated Dr. Hull’s decision, which took some parents of students at the Upper East Side School and community members by surprise.

    In a letter to families, Dr. Hull said the school had reached the next phase of its development, requiring a new leader.

    “Although it is short notice for such a departure, I am going to accept this offer so that I can make use of this time to reflect and then to explore other opportunities,” she said.

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    Former Brearley Leader Priscilla Winn Barlow Returns as Interim Head

    From N.Y. Times:
    The Brearley School’s trustees moved quickly on Friday to contain any damage from the abrupt resignation of its head of school, naming a former Brearley leader as interim head of school.

    She is Priscilla Winn Barlow, a zoologist who led the prestigious girls’ school on the Upper East Side from 1997 to 2003, when she retired. In a letter e-mailed to “members of the Brearley community,” the president of the board, Alan K. Jones, praised Dr. Winn Barlow as a “wise, warm and witty educator who so ably guided Brearley through a period of sustained development and improvement.”

    She replaces Stephanie J. Hull, whose departure on Thursday, with no notice, shocked parents and alumni.

    Dr. Winn Barlow, who is British, was Brearley’s 13th head of school, according to the letter from Mr. Jones, and had previously served as an administrator at Milton Academy in Boston and Havergal College, a girls’ school in Toronto.

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    Anybody know what the story is behind the resignation? It seems so odd that this would take place over the summer. Don't heads usually give schools a heads up so they have time to start a search for a replacement?

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    Quick Exit of Private School’s Leader Puzzles Parents

    From the N.Y. Times by Jenny Anderson and Winnie Hu:
    At the Brearley School’s graduation ceremony on June 10 — known simply as “Last Day” — Stephanie J. Hull urged the young women to take their academic achievements out into the world, in a speech that some called a highlight of her eight-year tenure as head of school.

    Never did she hint that she would be heading out into the world with them.

    So thousands of Brearley students, parents, alumnae and faculty — many of them already deep into exotic summer travel — were shocked to receive an e-mail on Thursday evening saying that Dr. Hull was resigning, effective immediately, except for a paid yearlong sabbatical owed her under her contract.

    It was an unceremonious exit for Dr. Hull, the first black woman to lead the prestigious private school for girls, which was founded in 1884. Her tenure had been somewhat controversial.

    While some parents and teachers appreciated her globalization of the Upper East Side school by introducing Mandarin and robotics, encouraging travel abroad, diversifying the student body and increasing financial aid, others said she had an aloof and distant demeanor that clashed with Brearley’s culture and traditions.

    “She was lovely, perfectly poised, but extremely reserved,” said one parent who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of Dr. Hull’s departure. Given that Brearley’s last transition involved elaborate farewell ceremonies for the headmistress and an 18-month search for her replacement, the abrupt resignation left many scratching their heads. “We’re all trying to solve a mystery,” said a second parent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obmomny View Post
    Anybody know what the story is behind the resignation? It seems so odd that this would take place over the summer. Don't heads usually give schools a heads up so they have time to start a search for a replacement?
    I would looove to know the inside scoop. I was really impressed by her during the process.

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