ST. JOHNSBURY — The St. Johnsbury Academy Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Sharon Howell to succeed Thomas Lovett as the school’s Headmaster, effective July 1, 2020.
The full Academy Board confirmed the Search Committee’s recommendation of Dr. Howell in a unanimous vote on Saturday.
Board President Jay Wright called her appointment “the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Academy history.”
Dr. Howell holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, an M.A. in English from Villanova University, and a B.A. in English from Connecticut College.
She will join the SJA community along with her husband Tom, an artist, entrepreneur, and former Teaching Fellow in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard, and two children, Ethan and Maggie, both of whom will attend St. Johnsbury Academy beginning in the fall of 2020.
Dr. Howell was most recently Head of School at Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama.
“I am just thrilled, and profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve St. Johnsbury Academy as Headmaster,” Dr. Howell said. “It has been a joy to begin meeting the community this past week. And while I am only just beginning to appreciate the many ways this school is important to the world, and indeed is so much more than simply a school, I already admire the leaders, stewards, and committed educators who have worked to make the Academy what it is today.”
Dr. Howell will begin her tenure as Headmaster in July 2020 at the end of current Headmaster Tom Lovett’s 19-year tenure.
“Tom’s contributions to our school are historic, and we will be celebrating his model leadership throughout the school year as we continue our important work of educating the children of St. Johnsbury, neighboring towns, and around the world,” Board President Jay Wright said.