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David M. Felsen Announces His Retirement

On Monday, April 4, David M. Felsen announced that he would be retiring at the end of this school year. Mr. Felsen has served as the headmaster of Friends' Central School for the past twenty-three years. Before that he was a teacher of Latin and Greek and Principal of the Upper School at Germantown Friends School. Mr. Felsen is a graduate of Haverford College.

Co-clerks of the Board of Trustees, Ann V. Satterthwaite and James C. Wright, wrote in a letter to the School community, “David has led our School with a clarity of vision and depth of passion that have secured Friends’ Central’s position as a leading independent school. His unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence combined with his equally strong commitment to the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, and community have helped the School grow and flourish….We are deeply grateful to him for his many years of service and we will miss his steady and thoughtful guidance.”
Mr. Felsen has seen Friends’ Central School through a time of remarkable growth and transition. Once a quiet Quaker school of 600 students on one campus, Friends’ Central now numbers 956 on two campuses. Academic and extra-curricular opportunities for students have dramatically increased as the School has added new courses, facilities, and faculty. Supporting this outstanding growth is an endowment that has grown ten-fold and an Annual Fund that consistently raises $1 million.
Mr. Felsen has also served the larger community in numerous positions: Board of Trustees of Girard College from 1996-2000; member of the Steppingstones Scholars Board from 2003-2011; current member of the Headmasters’ Association of the East; current member and past President of the Headmistresses’ Association of the East; and most notably, founder and director of the Basketball, Reading and Math Clinic, serving community boys and girls ages 10 to 18. The clinic, which is now held on the Friends’ Central campus each summer, is in its 42nd year.
Friends’ Central’s Board of Trustees is engaged in identifying an interim head for the 2011-2012 school year while they conduct a national search for Mr. Felsen’s successor.

To read the letters sent by David and the Board to the community, please click HERE.