Walsingham Academy Conducts National Search for Upper School Director; Martha McArthur Announces Retirement

Martha McArthur announced her decision to step down as Director of Walsingham's Upper School after forty-five years as an educator and nearly a decade of dedication and commitment to Walsingham Academy. Mrs. McArthur plans to retire and relocate with her family to Arizona at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. "On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, the Board of Trustees, the Administration, Faculty, and students who have had the privilege of working with Mrs. McArthur, I offer my deep appreciation for the lasting contributions she has made to our Academy and to the community," said Oesterle.

Mrs. McArthur's career, first as an esteemed member of the Upper School faculty, specializing in history and foreign language, and then as Upper School Director, has been marked by bold innovations and a long list of highly successful initiatives. Walsingham Academy enjoys a strong competitive position and Mrs. McArthur's passion for enhancing the depth and breadth of the Academy's instructional programs has complemented the Academy's college preparatory curriculum.

"It is my belief that one of Martha's most notable accomplishments is her ability to lead and develop the faculty, challenging them to new levels of professional development and empowering the creative expression of their expertise. Under her leadership, Martha has assembled a remarkable group of dedicated faculty that has demonstrated their commitment to collaborating with families so that students are well prepared to prosper in the 21st century," said Oesterle.

Walsingham has formed a search committee-led by its Board of Trustee Chairman and Executive Vice President of Christopher Newport University, Bill Brauer. The Search Committee will work with a leading national search firm to inform the process and provide professional expertise in recruiting for independent schools.

In her letter to the school community, Mrs. McArthur writes, "I am confident that my successor inherits a school that embodies the best of a rigorous academic program and bold innovative thinking, steeped in the long-standing tradition of Mercy Charism. The faculty and administration are recognized as thought leaders in the evolving world of education. I thank everyone - Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle, students, families, colleagues, and trustees - for making possible such a rewarding career."

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