George Stevens Academy head resigns

Posted April 16, 2010, at 8:15 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.

BLUE HILL, Maine — John Greene, the longtime teacher and current headmaster at George Stevens Academy, has resigned.

According to Rob Clapp, president of the GSA board of trustees, Greene announced his intention to resign at the end of the school year. At a meeting earlier this week, Clapp said, the board voted unanimously to accept his resignation and to place him on paid administrative leave for the remainder of the year.

Clapp declined to comment further on the reasons for Greene’s departure.

“I can’t discuss personnel matters,” he said.

Greene could not be reached for comment.

Greene began teaching at GSA in 1966. After a two-year stint in the Army, he returned in 1969 and has remained there as a history teacher, department head and coach, as well as serving in administrative posts. He was the assistant head of school for six years and served as interim headmaster before being named full time to the headmaster post in February 2008.

The board has appointed Jill Cohen, assistant head of school, to serve as acting head of school until the end of the school year. Although the board has made no plans beyond that point, Clapp said, they likely would name an interim headmaster. The interim position likely will last one year, while the board begins a national search for a permanent head, he said.

“That person won’t be on board until July of 2011,” he said. “We want to take our time and do a thorough search for the best candidate.”

The sudden change in leadership will not disrupt the school, Clapp said. The leadership already has met with the administrative team at the school.

“We have every confidence in them,” he said. “We have an excellent faculty and support staff who will continue to make sure the day-to-day operations go on just as they have. All the details are being taken care of, and the education of the students will not suffer in any way as a result of the changes.”

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