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Two longtime Pinkerton Academy deans to retire this year

Union Leader Correspondent

April 15. 2016 9:15PM
Dr. Chris Harper (Courtesy file photo)

DERRY — After decades of service to Pinkerton Academy, two long-time deans are retiring this year and will be replaced by two current administrators, according to school officials.

Dean of Students Glenn Ahrens is stepping down and will be replaced by current Athletic Director Tim Powers. And Chris Harper, dean of studies and instruction, is also retiring this year and will be replaced by Derek Lee, current social studies department head, Pinkerton Headmaster Griffin Morse announced.

“I am delighted with the exceptional talent these two new appointments bring, which will continue and build on the legacy of Dr. Harper and Mr. Ahrens,” Morse said.

Ahrens and Harper can trace the beginning of their lengthy careers to the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period when enrollment stood at half of what it is today. Over the decades the campus expanded from just eight small buildings to its current size of 23, according to a news release. Their career achievements were recognized by Pinkerton’s Board of Trustees, with each dean receiving the school’s highest honor — the Alan B. Shepard Award for excellence. Ahrens received his award in 2007 and Harper earned his in 2013.

Involved in the Granite State’s curriculum discussions for almost a decade, Harper received the Administrator of the Year award at the Eddies in 2014.

The deans’ replacements are two new rising stars. Powers has been a spokesman at countless events and won the Athletic Director of the Year award following the 2012-13 school year. And Lee has held many academic positions at Pinkerton and around the state, including professor of advanced pedagogy in Plymouth State University’s education department and chairman of many instructional committees.

“Tim and Derek are outstanding individuals and educators with a selfless sense of collaborative authority and vision that have already brought resources and great teaching to our students,” Morse said.

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