Interim head for Friends School

Baltimore native worked as St. Paul's headmistress

March 05, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

A former headmistress of St. Paul's School for Girls and a Baltimore native will become the interim head of Friends School in North Baltimore starting July 1.

Lila B. Lohr, 56, who left St. Paul's in 1995 to take a job as head of the Princeton Day School in Princeton, N.J., will replace Jon M. Harris, who will leave at the end of the school year.

"We are delighted to have Lila Lohr join the school community as interim head," said Kevin Carnell, chairman of Friends' board of trustees. "Her proven leadership, administrative expertise and outstanding communications skills have earned her the respect of colleagues and opinion leaders in the local and independent school communities."

Friends also named Peter Gilmore as the new head of its upper school. Gilmore, who heads the upper school at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine, will start work July 15. He replaces Janice S. Morrison, who is leaving to work with the Teaching Institute for Elementary Science, which she helped found in 1997.

Lohr, who will become the first interim head at Friends, has spent more than three decades working in private schools, primarily in the Baltimore area. Lohr, who lives in Baltimore, is traveling abroad and was unavailable for comment.

Rena Diana, the middle school director at the Bryn Mawr School, worked with Lohr at Bryn Mawr and St. Paul's. She described Lohr as "a role model."

"Lila Lohr is an inspirational, creative, experienced educational leader," Diana said. "Friends is incredibly lucky to have her."

Friends, a private, coeducational Quaker day school, enrolls 1,003 students from age 4 through grade 12.

Karen Miller, upper school learning specialist at Friends, worked with Lohr at St. Paul's from 1987 until 1995. Miller said Lohr was a strong, supportive leader.

She began her academic career at Bryn Mawr, where she taught lower school, headed the middle and upper schools, and was assistant head of the school. She was appointed head of St. Paul's School for Girls, a job she held nine years. She was head of Princeton Day School from 1995 to 2000. She also worked briefly as senior vice president for Chancellor Academies, a Florida-based school-management firm.

Lohr is a former president of the board of trustees of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools. She is a graduate of Garrison Forest School and Vassar College and has a master's in education from Goucher College.

Harris, whose dismissal as the head of Friends was announced by the board of trustees in January, has not said what he will do next.

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