Oldfields leader to resign after '02-'03 school year

March 08, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

Kathleen Jameson, the head of Oldfields School in northern Baltimore County since 1997, will leave at the end of the 2002-2003 school year.

"I love Oldfields," Jameson, 52, said in announcing her resignation this week. "I have enjoyed my time here immensely. I believe that the school is well-positioned for the next phase in its history."

She said she announced her decision early so that the board of trustees would have time to search for a replacement.

Jameson is the sixth head of Oldfields and the first woman to lead the private school for girls since the founding headmistress died in 1904. . Oldfields has 185 students in eighth through 12th grades.

During Jameson's tenure, Oldfields launched a $21 million capital campaign and has raised nearly $16 million toward that goal. The school's financial aid budget increased by 71 percent, the professional development budget for faculty more than quadrupled and the endowment doubled, school officials said.

"While I understand and applaud her decision to seek new challenges, her leadership and contributions to Oldfields have been so significant that it is hard to imagine her not here," said Alan Kerry, board of trustees chairman.

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