Julia Russell Eells has been appointed the new head of Lincoln School, a Quaker, K-12 school for girls with co-educational infant and pre-school programs in Providence, Rhode Island. Eells currently serves as assistant headmaster of the Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn. She previously served for 13 years at Miss Porter's School and The Ethel Walker School, as director of admissions and college counseling, and director of publications and research. She received a bachelor's degree from William Smith College in 1981, and she holds a master's in humanities from Wesleyan University. The full press release from the Lincoln School is below.
Lincoln School Announces New Head of School, Julia Russell Eells
Providence, R.I .–Julia Russell Eells has been appointed the new Head of Lincoln School, a Quaker, K-12 school for girls with co-educational infant and pre-school programs in Providence, Rhode Island.
Julia Eells currently serves as assistant headmaster of the Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn. She brings deep experience in all-girls education, including 13 years at Miss Porter's School and The Ethel Walker School, as director of admissions and college counseling, and director of publications and research. She holds a bachelor's degree from William Smith College and a master's in humanities from Wesleyan University.
Julia is married to John C. Eells, music director at Miss Porter's School and the founder/director of the Farmington (Ct) Valley Symphony Orchestra. Julia and John have two children, Jessica Dee, a junior at Gettysburg College, and Nathan Dee, a junior at Westminster School. Julia, John and family are looking forward to joining the Lincoln School and Providence communities.
The search committee, consisting of 14 individuals representing the voices of Lincoln, worked under the guidance of a top search consultant in education, Margaret Huling Bonz, of Educational Directions, Portsmouth, R.I. From an initial field of over 50 candidates, the pool was narrowed to 25 highly-qualified individuals for semifinalist consideration. Nine semifinalists were chosen to meet with the committee, and from this population, four strong finalists were selected for extensive interviews with the School community over a period of three days each.
In making the selection, the Board of Trustees, which uses the Quaker practice of consensus in its deliberations, agreed that Eells best met the qualities identified by the school community as important for the new Head of School. “We feel that she will best serve Lincoln School for many years to come,” Board Chair Marjorie DeAngelis said.
“All girls need Lincoln,” Julia told the search committee, and her enthusiasm, talents, experience, and leadership skills were manifest in all of her encounters with the school.
Eells will replace Joan C. Countryman who retired as Head of School in July 2005, having served as Head of Lincoln School since 1993. Previously assistant head for academic planning and director of studies at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, she taught mathematics there from 1970 to 1993. Countryman has also lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a consultant to the School District of Philadelphia. Her publications include Writing to Learn Mathematics (1992), “Is Gender an Issue in Math?” in Math and Science for Girls (1993) and Black Images in American Literature (1977). Countryman is a member of the Board of Managers of Haverford College and the Board of Trustees of Sarah Lawrence College. In Providence, she serves on boards at the Providence Journal Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Dorcas Place, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Board of Trustees of Women and Infants Hospital.