Special to the BBN
The Orme School has selected Bruce A. Sanborn as its tenth Headmaster, effective July 1, 2014, concluding a nearly four-month process by the Search Committee.
Alumni and Trustees George Ball (Class of 1969) and Kent Kuster (Class of 1959), interviewed and considered a wide variety of national and international candidates, and on April 15, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Sanborn.
"Mr. Sanborn has spent nearly his entire professional career serving independent schools, and he brings a wealth of experience to Orme, Board of Trustees Chairman Marian H. Craver said.
Currently the Assistant Head of School at West Nottingham Academy (a boarding school in Maryland), Sanborn also served for six years as the Head of Upper School at Fayetteville Academy in North Carolina. Prior to Fayetteville, Sanborn spent 17 years at the Nichols School in Buffalo, New York, where he taught history and was History Department Chair.
In his two most recent appointments, Mr. Sanborn is credited with substantially raising the academic standards and enrollment numbers while expanding opportunities for students' personal growth and development. In addition to extensive administrative, teaching and coaching experience, he brings a strong familiarity with small, rural boarding schools and a fondness for the outdoors, including hiking, sailing, marathon running, kayaking, canoeing and summer work on a large cattle ranch in Colorado, Craver said.
Sanborn grew up in the Chicago area and attended New Trier High School. He said his experience at a large public high school convinced him that he wanted to teach and coach in private schools, where smaller classrooms would provide a greater opportunity to positively impact students.
He holds a BA in History from Hobart College, an MA in History from the State University of New York in Albany, and an MAT from Colgate University.
He and his wife, Cathy, have four children: Peter, an international banker living in Hong Kong; Megan, a special education teacher in Austin, Texas; Casey, a first year student at the University of South Carolina Medical School; and Mallory, a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chloe is the youngest and smallest member of the family - a 6-pound Maltipoo.
Craver said the school extends its deepest and most sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Michael Gemma and his wife, Karen, for their dedication and service to The Orme School during this interim year. Dr. Gemma positioned us well to move smoothly into the next chapter of the school's 85-year history. The Board of Trustees cannot thank him enough for his incredible dedication and positive results, Craver said.