December 22, 2010
Just yesterday came the official announcement that Paul Perkinson (’79) would become Head of School at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine.
For the last decade, he has been Head of School at Tandem Friends School, a Quaker school in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also served as a teacher or administrator at a number of other independent schools, both Quaker and non-Quaker.
George Stevens is an unusual institution, one of an increasingly rare breed: an independent school that serves as the public school for its locality (Blue Hill and environs). The town and some surrounding towns simply pay the established Maine rate for school attendance to George Stevens so that their children can attend. The school no longer has boarding students (it once did), but it will accept students from a distance if they can work out transportation or lodging. The school is governed by a Board of Directors who choose their successors, just as most independent schools and colleges do.
News of Paul’s appointment comes to us from Liffey Thorpe, a wonderful Classics professor at Earlham for many years, who is now Director of Communications (and a teacher) at George Stevens.