- Head of School
Please see below for a letter from Suzanne Fogarty, Head of School, and a letter from Jane P. Jamieson '71, President of the Lincoln Board of Trustees, about Lincoln’s search for our next head of school.
August 26, 2019
I am reaching out to you today to share some bittersweet news. I have been offered, and have accepted, the Head of School position at The Chapin School, an independent K-12 school for girls in New York City, starting July 1, 2020. This role provides me with the opportunity to be closer to my extended family, and to continue to build on the urgent mission and invaluable legacy of single-sex education.
With all of that said, this was a difficult decision to make. I love Lincoln School. Walking through the red doors five years ago was to enter into a unique and generous school community filled with the vibrant energy and intellectual curiosity of its students, the talent and dedication of its faculty and staff, the investment and care of the parents, and the inspiration and loyalty of its alumnae.
Lincoln School sets the educational bar high. I have been, and continue to be, inspired by what happens here every day, from teaching and learning in and outside our classrooms, to a school that strikes a remarkable balance between tradition and innovation—a school that knows what it means to learn and to put this learning to immediate and thoughtful use.
Which is why I am excited to jump right into this upcoming year—a year filled with exciting and important curricular and programmatic growth, including our work on equity, inclusion, and community and our Little and Lower School Expansion and Enhancement. We are heading into our fifth year in partnership with Save the Bay, our sixth year in partnership with RISD’s School of Architecture and Brown’s School of Engineering and we have just come hot off the heels of another successful program with the Providence Steel Yard. Stay tuned for rotating exhibits in our art gallery, the third year of our Sophomore Speakers Series, another strong admission season and so much more.
During this transition, I look forward to partnering with the Administrative Council and our outstanding faculty and staff. I will also be working closely with the Board of Trustees, and in particular, with Board President Jane P. Jamieson ’71. Jane and I have collaborated on a series of initiatives in her capacity as a member of the board, as an alumna, and now as the chair of the Lincoln board, to see projects through to productive fruition and to always have what is best for Lincoln School at the top of mind.
There will be more information to come, but for now, please know that I very much look forward to seeing how this remarkable Lincoln community will continue to grow, evolve, and strengthen in this upcoming year and long into the future.
Head of Lincoln School
August 26, 2019
As an alumna, trustee and now, Chair of the Lincoln Board of Trustees, it’s been an honor and privilege to be part of a school for which I have such a long association and deep appreciation. Over the years, I have seen Lincoln evolve in many exciting ways, while always remaining true to its mission.
Today, it is with mixed emotions that I share with you that Suzanne Fogarty has been offered and accepted the Head of School position at The Chapin School, an independent K-12 school for girls in New York City, beginning July 1, 2020. Over the past five years, in working with Suzanne as a member of Lincoln’s Board of Trustees, I have consistently admired the energy, creativity and passion she has brought to all things Lincoln. In so many ways, large and small, she has advanced our mission of educating girls to fearlessly embrace the opportunities and responsibilities of full citizenship in a complex world. As Suzanne takes the next step in her career, she will, as she articulates in her own letter to the community, "continue to build on the urgent mission and invaluable legacy of single-sex education."
These past years under Suzanne’s leadership, in partnership with our previous Board Chair Martha Boss Bennett ‘85 P'14,'16,'22, have been exciting ones. The fantastic new STEAM Hub for Girls has quickly become an essential part of Lincoln’s campus, providing a state-of-the-art home for our world-class STEAM curriculum. That campaign, which exceeded its $5M fundraising goal, was the first of many campus improvements to follow. In fact, we are hard at work on our next project, the Little and Lower School Expansion and Enhancement, which will break ground this winter.
Lincoln School has become known as a hub for innovative learning through our partnerships with leading academic and artistic institutions like Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, The Steel Yard, and more, creating opportunities for girls that can’t be found anywhere else. Our global programs offer invaluable opportunities to apply learning in the real world, and participants bring that back to campus, enriching our community with diverse experiences and perspectives. And after boldly moving beyond the AP, our reimagined curriculum allows our students to learn without limits, better preparing them for the world that awaits. This is an exciting time to be part of the Lincoln community and I am confident that Lincoln’s momentum will only continue to grow.
We will now begin the process of identifying Lincoln’s next leader, one who will build on Lincoln’s strengths and on our great traditions and innovative spirit. I am pleased to announce that Trustee, Russell Carey, parent of Fiona Carey ’16 and Esmae Carey ’31 will chair the search committee. Martha Bennett and I will be working closely with Russell. We have already begun the process of selecting a search firm and will be establishing a full search committee to assist in this effort. We will be seeking ideas and input from across our community and will be in touch soon to share updates on our progress.
We wish Suzanne the very best in her future endeavors and will have time in the coming year to express our thanks and appreciation. In the meantime, I look forward to working closely with Suzanne, who is deeply invested in continuing the excellent work of the Lincoln School community in our final year together.
Jane P. Jamieson ’71
President of the Board of Trustees