Linden Hall appoints new headmaster

By on June 26, 2013

New Linden Hall headmaster, Dr. James C. White II, his wife Lisa, and sons, Sebastian and Alistair.

After seven years as headmaster of Linden Hall, Dr. Vincent Stumpo will leave mid-summer to start anew as headmaster of Forsyth Country Day in Winston-Salem, N.C.

During his tenure, the physical plant was greatly revitalized, and a $6 million addition and renovation was opened just last year. Enrollment increased from fewer than 90 students to more than 250, and the academic profile was elevated to a level on par to one of the best schools in the nation.

"Vince Stumpo has made a tremendous impact on Linden Hall, and we are indebted to him for all that has been accomplished," shared board co-chair David Stoudt. "His has been a tenure during which the school’s finances have been dramatically strengthened, our people, programs, facilities greatly enhanced, all the while remaining faithful to the school’s core mission to champion young women in single gender education.

The Board of Trustees has already identified an outstanding candidate to serve as Interim Head of School, Dr. James C. White II. Dr. White, who served most recently as a physics, mathematics, and astronomy instructor in the school’s science and mathematics departments, and was appointed Academic Dean in April, is highly qualified to step into the role of Interim Headmaster.

An astrophysicist who is a Fellow of Great Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society and an elected American member of the Paris-based International Astronomical Union (IAU), Dr. White has significant international experience in education and science. He was a university and college professor for more than twenty years, also serving in the last decade as the chief academic officer for two prestigious national liberal arts colleges, Gettysburg College and, most recently, Washington & Jefferson College, where he was Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Professor of Physics.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. White was chairperson of the Department of Physics and the J. Lester Crain Professor of Physics at Rhodes College, and he served the San Francisco-based Astronomical Society of the Pacific as its executive director. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, Dr. White received his Ph.D. degree in astronomy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Board co-chair Meg Mueller explained their choice.

"When we opened our discussions about how to best identify a top candidate to lead Linden Hall through this interim time period, we realized that one of our own school family members was the perfect choice. We are completely confident in Dr. White and are looking forward to a strong future for Linden Hall."

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