George School Head of School Sam Houser to Speak to Newtown Quakers

Sam Houser, classics scholar and the ninth Head of George School in 122 years, will speak about “George School: the Present and Future” to the adult class at the Newtown Quaker Meetinghouse, 219 Court Street, on Sunday, January 22 at 9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends will begin at 11 a.m. The public invited. The talk will also be available on zoom. 

Sam received his BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where he majored in Latin and spent an undergraduate year at University College London in the Departments of Greek and Latin. He holds a PhD in Classical Philology from Brown University.

Houser served most recently as Vice President for Strategic Initiative and Chief of Staff of Franklin and Marshall College. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Wilson College, chaired the Board of Directors of the Millport Conservancy, Lititz, PA, and is a member of the Board at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), and Friends Council on Education.

Sam Houser said, “George School graduates are highly respected among the country’s top colleges, and are known to represent rigorous academics, strong character, and Quaker values. From the moment I first set foot on campus, George School impressed me as a family as much as a school. Having the opportunity to continue to strengthen this incredible educational community is an exhilarating responsibility and a great pleasure. I am inspired by being a leader and advocate for George School and the values that make it distinctive.”

George School, founded in 1893, is a Quaker co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school in Newtown known for its academics, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Quaker values, and universal student requirements in athletics, the arts and community service.

George School’s 544 students include 46% boarders, 40% students of color, 28%
international, and come from 44 countries and 20 states. It has a faculty/student ratio of 1 to 7 and a 240-acre campus of expansive lawns and wooded hillsides which include two widely acclaimed state-of-the art buildings: the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library and the 100,000 square foot Fitness and Athletic Center.

Newtown Friends Meeting, co-founded by the Quaker artist and minister, Edward Hicks, in 1815, holds services every First Day (Sunday). During the school year, First Day classes for children and adults are at 9:45 a.m. and Meeting for Worship is at 11:00 a.m. Professional childcare is provided. All meetings are open to the public and visitors are warmly welcomed.

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