Longtime educator named interim head at St. Timothy's

Briggs will assume post at Stevenson school Aug. 1

April 26, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

A veteran educator now working in Texas has been named interim head of St. Timothy's School in Stevenson.

Henry Payson "Peter" Briggs Jr., temporary head at Fort Worth Country Day School in Fort Worth, will assume his post at St. Timothy's on Aug. 1, said Jan Milliken Russell, chairwoman of the board of trustees and a 1967 graduate of the private boarding and day school for girls.

Briggs, 70, will replace Deborah M. Cook, who has been head of the school for nine years. Cook announced her resignation last month, saying she wanted to explore other professional opportunities.

Briggs said yesterday, "I love the school business, and my wife and I love to see different parts of the country." He has been interim head at schools from California to Virginia, he said, adding, "An interim headship at a school has become quite commonplace."

An interim head oversees the day-to-day operations of the school while the board of trustees searches for a permanent head.

Briggs said he has never lived in Maryland but loves the Chesapeake Bay and is looking forward to coming to the Baltimore area.

Briggs, who grew up in Boston, earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University and worked for 10 years in the university's Office of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid.

From 1967 to 1976, he was head of Western Reserve Academy, a coeducational boarding and day school in Hudson, Ohio. He was head of Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, a nursery school-to-12th grade coeducational day school on two campuses, from 1976 to 1995. His two grandchildren attend Seven Hills.

Since 1995, Briggs has been interim head at St. James Episcopal School in Los Angeles, Potomac School in McLean, Va., and Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, Va.

He has been a member of the executive committee of the Headmasters' Association, vice president of the Country Day School Headmasters' Association, chairman of the Ohio Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee and president of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools.

St. Timothy's School has 122 students in grades nine through 12.

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