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, R.I.
She was profiled in the Jan. 9 Finger Lakes Times story “Ex-Genevan will head Quaker girls school.” In the article Eells credits Mara O'Laughlin '66, director of admissions, with her current interest in women's education. Eells worked worked under O'Laughlin as the assistant director of admissions from 1981-83.
“[She] taught me about the very important balance between work and family, inspired me to bring high energy to my job, taught me to have a sense of humor about my work and I think also inspired me to be passionate about young people,” Eells said. “She, in fact, gave me the opportunity to work in this field.”
“Admissions requires that you have a variety of audiences to which you [can] relate … some people do this with great ease and natural ability, and some people get to it eventually, and some never get to it. But she was born to it,” said O'Laughlin, who has remained close to Eells over the years.
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.