Susan G. Harris plans retire after 21 years as head of Harford Day School at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Harford Day School is a Pre-K through eighth grade independent school on Moores Mill Road in Bel Air.
Harris told the school's board of trustees in March of her decision to retire, according to a press release from the school. In a letter to Board President Rich Foard, Harris said that with the completion of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools reaccreditation in the fall, "the timing is perfect for a transition in leadership." Harford Day, she said in the press release, is "ready to enter the next chapter in its history."
The 2013-14 school year will involve important work, Mrs. Harris said, including finalizing and submitting an Action Plan as part of the reaccreditation process. She added: "I look forward to working to help ensure our continued success and to prepare the school for a smooth transition to new leadership."
Harris began her career at Harford Day in 1983 as a part-time math teacher. She later became director of admissions, and in 1993 she was asked to be the interim head of school. In 1994 she was named the sixth head of school at Harford Day. Harris has continued to teach middle school math throughout her 31 year career at Harford Day.
Foard called Mrs. Harris "an inspirational leader" whose "integrity and passionate commitment to Harford Day will have a last impact on the entire school community." He said the board was grateful that it could count on Harris' leadership during the 2013-14 school year and her help with the transition to a new head of school on July 1, 2014.
In communicating Harris' announcement to the school community, the board president said he has appointed a search committee headed by Irna Jay, a former parent and long-time volunteer and trustee. The committee, which began meeting in April, will oversee the search that will culminate in the selection of a new head of school by early 2014.
"We will strive to make the search process a transparent one, with plenty of opportunity for input from all of Harford Day's constituencies," he said in the press release.