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UNH provost named new principal at Phillips Exeter

Union Leader Correspondent

February 01. 2015 8:48PM

EXETER - Lisa MacFarlane, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire, has been named principal at Phillips Exeter Academy.

MacFarlane will replace Tom Hassan, husband of Gov. Maggie Hassan, who plans to retire.“I am honored by the opportunity to contribute to a school for which I already have such deep respect and affection,” MacFarlane said in a statement.

PEA trustees made the announcement Friday morning.

MacFarlane, who will begin work Sept. 1, is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and her experience before joining the UNH faculty in 1987 included a one-year teaching fellowship at PEA.“My early teaching time at Exeter and my years as a parent of two students have inspired my commitment to the academy's timeless ideals and values, expressed in the Deed of Gift and animated around the Harkness table. I believe in the power these ideals and practices have to transform young lives; and I admire and celebrate the faculty and staff who make Exeter what it is. It's a privilege to be able to serve this community as we explore together, with humility and confidence, how the Deed can guide us in a world filled with challenge and opportunity,” she said.In her current role at UNH, MacFarlane serves as the chief academic officer responsible for integrating teaching, research and engagement.Trustees chose MacFarlane following an international search process. The candidates included independent school heads, higher education leaders and others in education.“We are delighted that Lisa has accepted our offer to become our next principal,” Tom Hutton, president of the trustees and a member of the principal search committee, said in a statement.

Hutton described MacFarlane as a “well prepared” and “remarkable fit.”“She is an accomplished scholar, committed teacher, and sophisticated administrator. She has demonstrated creative vision, and will work with the academy to chart its future course in a rapidly changing global environment,” he said.MacFarlane earned her doctorate and master's degrees in American Culture from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University.

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