Laurie Hurd of Phippsburg, Maine and Williamsburg, Virginia will lead the Independent School Association of Northern New England, ISANNE, from an office on the campus of the Hyde School in Bath. Hurd was chosen by unanimous vote of the board of directors after a national search drew several dozen strong candidates. She will assume the post of Executive Director on July 1, when long-time Executive Director, Doug Cummings, steps down.
Hurd has worked in independent education since 1979, serving in a number of administrative and teaching roles. ISANNE President Tom Lovett of St. Johnsbury Academy said of Hurd, “Her knowledge of independent schools, and in particular schools in northern New England, along with her collaborative style and infectious enthusiasm made her an excellent choice.”
Hurd returns to New England after four years at the Oldfields School in Maryland, where she was Director of Development. Before joining the Oldfields community Laurie served as head of school for eight years at the Hyde School in Bath. She was the founding director of the New Haven, Connecticut public magnet high school Hyde School of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine which serves a diverse inner city population using the Hyde philosophy of character development and unique potential of every individual. Hurd also served as a consultant to ISANNE, helping to launch the innovative ISANNELeads, a leadership development program for independent school senior administrators.
In accepting the appointment, Hurd said, “I am honored to lead the association and excited to join the ISANNE team. Independent schools offer innovative approaches to teaching and learning for today’s students and families. I am excited by the opportunities we have ahead of us to support and grow these diverse, forward-thinking schools.”
Learn more about ISANNE at www.isanne.org.