Fox resigns after 6 years as Bryn Mawr School head

Fundamental differences with trustees, she says

April 27, 2001|By Gary Cohn | Gary Cohn,SUN STAFF

Noting fundamental differences with the board of trustees, Rebecca MacMillan Fox, head of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore for the past six years, has resigned, effective July 1.

"Over 30 years of experience in education have taught me that effective school leadership requires a partnership between the Trustees and the Head of School," Fox wrote in a letter to parents and alumnae. "It has become increasingly clear that the Board and I disagree about fundamental matters of governance, policy and style of management. We therefore have concurred that Bryn Mawr should seek new leadership."

Parents and alumnae received Fox's letter, dated Tuesday, in yesterday's mail. Fox confirmed her resignation in a brief telephone interview yesterday but declined to elaborate on her letter.

In a separate letter to parents and alumnae, David M. Funk, president of the board, said the trustees accept Fox's resignation "with regret, and with appreciation for her extraordinary contributions to the life of The Bryn Mawr School. Rebecca's energy and vision will light our path for years to come."

Funk said in the letter that the board will appoint an interim head to lead the school during the 2001-2002 academic year and will search for a permanent head to be in place by September of next year.

Funk declined to elaborate on his letter.

In 1995, Fox became the eighth head of the Bryn Mawr, a private school for girls founded in 1885 by five Baltimore feminists. Before that, she was a dean of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. Earlier, she was as assistant dean at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. (The Baltimore school was named for the women's college and once had formal ties with it, but there is no longer an official relationship.)

In her letter, Fox commended Bryn Mawr's teachers, staff members, and families of students and alumnae. She said she would especially miss the students.

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