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Fried Named 15th Head of Brearley School

Jane Foley Fried, Dean of Admission and Assistant Head for Enrollment, Research and Planning at Phillips Academy, will join The Brearley School as its 15th Head of School on July 1, 2012. Head of School Barbara Chase informed the Andover community via e-mail on December 15.

An all-girls private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Brearley School educates girls from kindergarden through grade 12.

Fried said, “I was attracted to Brearley’s history as one of the nation’s first college preparatory schools for girls, its excellent K-12 academic program, inclusive community and commitment to developing strong female leaders.”

“The legacy of asking girls to be the best version of themselves and to reach beyond the familiar was evident in every conversation and class during my two-day visit to Brearley,” said Fried.

The school began its search for a new Head of School in July 2011, following the resignation of Dr. Stephanie J. Hull, the previous Head of School.

Deborah Davis Ascheim, Brearley Class of 1982, and Samara Epstein Cohen, Brearley Class of 1988, chaired the school’s Search Committee and worked with the school’s Board of Trustees. They consulted the firm Carney, Sandoe and Associates to narrow down hundreds of candidates before selecting Fried, according to a letter sent to Brearley students, alumni and trustees.

While the Committee conducted its search, Dr. Priscilla Winn Barlow, Hull’s predecessor, served as interim Head of School and will complete the 2011-2012 school year in that capacity.

Alan K. Jones, President of the Brearley Board of Trustees, said “[Fried] brings a wealth of experience at an extraordinary institution. As we did our reference-checking and research, we found time and again she has been a transformative [force] in students’ lives and in helping faculty and administrators at Andover,” according to an article published in “The New York Times.”

The Search Committee identified attributes desired in a new Head of School using a survey of the Brearley community.

The community collectively agreed that the new Head of School should be “a powerfully visible presence in the Brearley community; a thoughtful and compassionate listener with a love of young people and the ability to steward and mentor Brearley’s outstanding faculty; an approachable leader with a passion for educational excellence and a commitment to preparing students, and, in particular, girls for a global future,” as stated in the letter sent to the Brearley community.

“We have found these qualities and more in Jane Fried,” the letter continued.

The Search Committee narrowed the candidate pool to several dozen and then invited 11 candidates to interview. Fried and two other candidates then visited the school to interact with faculty and students.

In the letter, the Search Committee celebrated Fried’s 19 years of work in Phillips Academy’s Admissions Department. They also noted her research on female leadership, on the performance of minority students and girls in math and the sciences and on the lifetime effect of independent school education on Phillips Academy alumni.

The Search Committee also praised Fried for her role as a spokesperson for Phillips Academy’s $72 million financial aid effort, the Campaign for Andover and Andover’s Need-Blind financial aid initiative.

Fried said, “The fact that the Board of Trustees and Mrs. Chase maintained the [Need Blind Initiative] in the face of adversity and that no student has had to leave the Academy during the current economic recession for financial reasons is a memory that will be etched in my mind and heart forever.”

Zoe Chazen ’14, one of Fried’s advisees, said, “Mrs. Fried is a fabulous advisor who always makes time for me in her very busy schedule. I feel as if I can count on her and feel deeply sad that she will not be my advisor during my last two years at Andover. She knows how to “sell” Andover better than anyone on campus, and her leaving Andover is a major loss for the school. As I said to Mrs. Fried myself, Brearley has scored big!”

Fried emphasized her positive memories of working at Andover and will sincerely miss Phillips Academy and her collegues in the Admissions Office.

“The Shuman Admission team has an indomitable spirit of collaboration and innovation…These committed individuals extend our reach to places that we would never be able to visit on a regular basis. And then, of course, I have met thousands of extraordinary prospective students and families over the years. It is inspiring to be in contact with people every day who believe in the transformational experience of education and in Youth From Every Quarter,” Fried added.