Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck Named Interim Head Of School At GPS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck
Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck

Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck has been named interim head of Girls Preparatory School effective July 1, officials announced Tuesday.  Dr. Groesbeck’s 41-year career has included both public and private education, co-ed and single sex schools.  

She replaces Randy Tucker, who will be interim head of school at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tn.

Her long career gives her an international perspective which spans cultures and continent, officials said. Currently, she is head of school/principal of Havergal College in Toronto, Ont., a girls’ K-12 day and boarding school. Her former appointments include Head of School at Hilton Head Preparatory School and Head of School at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta.

 

Dr. Groesbeck graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Skidmore College and received both a master’s in linguistics and doctorate in education from the University of Rochester. Her research focused on the work of Dr. Ted Sizer of Brown University, studying curriculum and program change. She was the recipient of two Fulbright grants to study in both Germany and Japan, where her work focused on schools and change. She was selected as a 2008 Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University, where she studied education theory. 
 
At Havergal College, Dr. Groesbeck currently oversees a 22-acre historical day and boarding facility with a $30 million annual budget. She manages a faculty and staff of 214 employees.  Under her leadership, the 2009-2014 Havergal Strategic Plan, “A Culture of Capability,” was researched, authored and implemented. She has worked with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the Wellesley College Centers on gender issues.
 

On girls’ education and the work ahead at GPS, Dr. Groesbeck said, “I firmly believe that there are no limits for girls. Having dedicated my life’s work to education, I understand the ‘whole girl,’ not just academics. I love nothing more than attending a music concert, an athletic event or observing a stellar classroom presentation. I will ensure that GPS’s current operating structure and the school facilities support and enable the curricular goals with a focus on continuing to provide broad opportunities to the students.  I view the interim position as an opportunity to move the school forward, not as a holding operation.”

Dr. Groesbeck was recently named the Whitty Ransome Educator of the Year by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. An enthusiastic teacher for 20 years, she was named New York State’s Teacher of the Year and one of ten teachers nationwide to receive an “A+ Award” from President Clinton. She has served as a consultant to the College Board, conducting AP seminars across the country. Dr. Groesbeck has been married to Mark Groesbeck for 38 years. They have two grown daughters and three young grandsons.
 

Dr. Steve Fry, head of middle school at Harrisburg Academy in Lemoyne, Pa., said, “Her strengths are that she is very much a CEO and can navigate the many necessary channels. However, she manages to keep in touch day to day with the academics. Another of her many strengths is that she excels at making people feel welcome.” Ann Kerwin, current Board Chair at Havergal, says, “Dr. Groesbeck’s purpose is to educate the whole girl in a global context. She is a forward thinker. Dr. Groesbeck demands a lot from her faculty and staff, but it is far less than she demands of herself.”

Nini Davenport, chairwoman of GPS board of trustees, said, "I am thrilled to welcome Sue to GPS and to Chattanooga.  She is an extraordinary leader whose career reflects her passion for helping students develop a lifelong love of learning. We are privileged to have her wisdom, leadership and experience for the coming school year."


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, EDWARD HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37410 52 Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION BEENE, JENNIFER LENA 4717 ELDRIDGE ROAD HIXSON, 37343 30 Chattanooga DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC, VIOLATION LIGHT LAW VIOLATION RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION OF LEGAL ... (click for more)

Corker Gives Statement On White House Veto Threat Against Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Of 2015

Senator Bob Corker made the following statement regarding the White House’s  threat  of a presidential veto against his bipartisan bill requiring congressional review of any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. "It is disappointing that the president feels he is the only one who speaks for the citizens of our country," said Senator Corker. "Congress put these ... (click for more)

Net Neutrality: The Beginning Of The End Or Just A New Beginning?

“The Internet is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” says Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, “Today’s order is more powerful and more expansive than any previously suggested.”  The FCC’s vote for so-called Net Neutrality purports to allow the agency to regulate the Internet as a public utility.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden On March 1

As I try to do at the beginning of each month, I stroll through my garden to see the good and the bad. This morning there is still a solid covering of snow but, as usual, there is still a lot to see. March is historically known for “coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb” so let’s see who gets what: A LAMB to the fact 90-year-old Floyd Hartwig of Easton, Calif., and his ... (click for more)

Regoin 3-AA Boys Final At Chattanooga State Monday

The fifth meeting between the Brainerd Panthers and the Central Purple Pounders will be held at Chattanooga State on Monday night with the tipoff set for 7 p.m. This upcoming game will be the biggest to date as it's for the Region 3-AA boys championship. Monday's winner will be at home on Tuesday for a sectional game while the loser will be on the road Tuesday night.  Brainerd ... (click for more)

Brainerd, Central Boys Advance To Region 3-AA Hoop Finals

LOUDON, Tenn. -- Brainerd won both regular-season matchups while Central won at the Best of Preps third-place consolation game before capturing the District 6-AA title last week at Red Bank. The season tally is now two wins each against each other and now they are ready for Round 5 following the Region 3-AA semifinals here at Loudon High School Saturday afternoon. Brainerd ... (click for more)