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Our 11th Head of School

The Board of Trustees of Friends’ Central School is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Normile Sellers as Friends' Central’s 11th Head of School.

James C. Wright, Clerk of the Friends’ Central Board of Trustees, said of the new Head, “Craig Sellers is an experienced and successful Head of School with a wide range of credentials in the field of independent school education. He has been a proven leader at a number of different schools, including Quaker institutions. Craig and his wife, Cary, bring a deep commitment to Friends’ faith and practice. With his clarity of vision, depth of experience, and energy to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, Craig is the right person to implement the School’s long range plan, Vision 2020, and to secure the future of Friends’ Central. We very much look forward to welcoming Craig and his family to our School.”
The announcement follows a comprehensive seven-month national search by the Board’s Search Committee, co-clerked by Michael Kelly and Ann Satterthwaite, and was a unanimous decision of the Board of Trustees.
Said Kelly, “Craig exhibits all the qualities we desire in our new Head of School. He is a strong communicator with a remarkable record of accomplishment as a head. We see him as the best possible choice to meet the School’s needs.”
Sellers is currently the Head of School at The Derryfield School, a 380-student day school for grades 6 through 12 in Manchester, N.H., a position he has held since 2007. Sellers began his career in education in 1994 at Friends Seminary in New York where he served as its Director of Development and a member of the faculty. He went on to serve as Head of School at United Friends School, a Quaker school for students in nursery through grade eight, from 2000-2007 before becoming Derryfield’s Head.
“I consider my appointment as the Head of School at Friends’ Central to be the professional honor of a lifetime,” Sellers said. “Returning to Friends education allows me to integrate my passions in a way that, in equal measure, humbles me and makes my heart race. Friends’ Central is uniquely poised to carry on its noble traditions, while embracing the future.”
A member of the Society of Friends, Sellers also has served on the Friends Council on Education. Craig is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and holds a B.A. in English and government from Franklin & Marshall College. He also received a J.D. from the New York Law School (where he served as Articles Editor of the Human Rights Law Review) and an M.A. in educational administration from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. Craig also participated in a Fulbright Administrative Exchange in Thailand prior to assuming the headship of The Derryfield School. He and his wife, Cary, have two children.
Noted Sellers, “Looking through a parent’s lens added texture to my visits to Friends’ Central. At every step, my wife and I were thrilled with the way the School combines opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics with core values we hold dear. It did not escape our notice, for instance, that while we were engaged in this process, FCS was featured in The New York Times Magazine—a piece we found emblematic of teaching excellence across the curriculum and a school community dedicated to the best interests of students. I look forward to the next steps in the journey.”
The appointment of Sellers completes a transitional year for Friends’ Central, as last June marked the retirement of longtime Head of School David M. Felsen, who served the School in that position for 23 years. Joanne P. Hoffman, who began a one-year term as Interim Head of School in July, will continue to guide the School through the transition process and work closely with Sellers until he begins his headship on July 1, 2012.