George School Picks Classics Scholar as New Head of School

Sam Houser

The George School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that J. Samuel “Sam” Houser, PhD, vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff of Franklin & Marshall College, has been selected as the ninth Head of George School, effective August 1, 2016.

Sam Houser received his BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where he majored in Latin and spent an undergraduate year at University College London, in the Departments of Greek and Latin. He holds a PhD in Classical Philology from Brown University.

After teaching Latin and Greek for eleven years in the Classics Department at Franklin & Marshall, Sam was appointed to his present administrative position in 2007. As vice president and chief of staff, he chaired the strategic planning committee, stewarded integration of a donor’s private nature conservancy into Franklin & Marshall, supported the college’s recent strategic marketing initiative, mentored Franklin & Marshall’s Rouse Leadership Scholars and oversaw the college’s relationship with the Lancaster community. Currently, Sam also serves on the Board of Trustees of Wilson College, chairs the Board of Directors of the Millport Conservancy, Lititz, PA, and is a member of the Lancaster City Alliance Strategic and Economic Development Steering Committee.

George School Board Clerk (Chair) Timothy D. Katsiff ’87, partner at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia, said, “We are delighted that Sam has agreed to succeed Nancy Starmer, who has led George School with exceptional vision, energy, skill, and integrity for the last sixteen years. Sam has an impressive academic background and extensive management and strategic planning experience in educational administration. He also has a demonstrated commitment to the style of collaborative decision-making that is prized at George School. Our search attracted a superb field of qualified applicants. After narrowing the field to fourteen, the search committee interviewed nine semi-finalists before selecting finalists. Three finalists visited the campus for meetings with board members, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students. Of the talented finalists, Sam Houser was our clear first choice.”

Remarked Sam, “I am honored to be asked to be head of one of the best college preparatory schools in the country. George School graduates are highly respected among the country’s top colleges, and are known to represent rigorous academics, strong character, and Quaker values.

“From the moment I first set foot on campus, George School impressed me as a family as much as a school. Building on the inspiring leadership of Nancy Starmer and continuing to strengthen this incredible educational community will be exhilarating responsibilities and a great pleasure. I look forward to being a leader and advocate for George School and the values that make it distinctive.”

George School, founded in 1893, is a Quaker, coed, college preparatory, boarding and day school in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Known for its rigorous academics, strong community, and commitment to diversity, George School was one of the first schools in the United States to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. George School has a strong commitment to financial aid and its 540 students come from twenty-two states and fifty-two countries, with a student/faculty ratio of seven-to-one. Recent additions to its 240-acre campus include two state-of-the art buildings: the LEED gold certified Mollie Dodd Anderson Library and the 100,000 square foot LEED certified Fitness and Athletics Center.

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