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Friends' Central names new school headmaster

Craig Normile Sellers was named Friends Central School’s new headmaster.

Wynnewood's Friends' Central School announced today that the new Head of School will be Craig Normile Sellers, current head of the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H.

The private Quaker school's Clerk of the Board of Trustees James Wright, thought Sellers had wide ranging credentials in terms of independent schools.

"Craig and his wife, Cary, bring a deep commitment to Friends' faith and practice," Wright said in the release. "With his clarity of vision, depth of experience, and energy to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, Craig is the right person to implement the School's long range plan, Vision 2020, and to secure the future of Friends' Central."

Sellers received his bachelor's in English and government from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, and has a J.D. from the New York Law School. Sellers also holds an M.A. in educational administration from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University's Teacher's College.

Seller was head of United Friends School for kids nursery through eighth grade for seven years, before working as head of Derryfield. He's a member of the Society of Friends and serves on the Friends Council on Education.

His appointment is the culmination of a seven-month national search by the Board's Search Committee Michael Kelly and Ann Satterhwaite. The decision for Sellers to become head of Friends' Central was unanimous.

"I consider my appointment as the Head of School at Friends Central to be the professional honor of a lifetime," Sellers said. "Returning to Friends education allows me to integrate my passions in a way that, in equal measure, humbles me and makes my heart race."

Sellers takes over the duties of Joanne P. Hoffman, who began as interim head when longtime Head of School David M. Felsen retired last year, beginning July 1.