Ruth R. Fletcher will lead St. Andrew’s Schools in the upcoming school year, the school's board of directors announced.
She is currently the dean of professional Programs at Punahou School and also served as academy dean.
Fletcher began her career teaching at the University of Delaware’s Department of Geology. She also oversaw the development of the master’s degree program in private school leadership, a joint venture between University of Hawaii and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.
In a letter to parents, alumna and supporters, St. Andrew’s board Chairwoman Dew-Anne Langcacon said that Fletcher was selected for her innovative vision for St. Andrew’s Schools.
“Her passion for celebrating the unique learning needs of girls and boys,” Langcacon said.“She believes in nurturing global citizens who think critically, collaborate, work for social justice and provide stewardship for our precious Earth.”
As the new head of schools, Fletcher will be in charge of three separate school operations in the St. Andrew’s Schools system.
The largest part of the system would be St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls, Hawaii’s oldest girls school.
Fletcher will also be in charge of St. Andrew’s Preparatory School for Boys, which shares the Priory campus, and the Queen Emma Preschool on Pali Highway.
Fletcher succeeds current head of schools Sandra J. Theunick, who announced her retirement last spring and will step down at the end of the current school year.
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