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A Letter From HEADMASTER Rick


On June 7, Patrick L. “Rick” France was named the 13th Headmaster of the Miller School of Albemarle. No stranger to Miller, Mr. France has spent his entire career in independent school teaching and administration, first at Blue Ridge School and then at North Cross School in Roanoke. He joined the Miller School of Albemarle’s faculty in 2000 to teach and to serve as Director of Academics. A man of action, Mr. France has already overseen the paving of our front entrance and parking lots – compliments of the generosity of the Board of Trustees; initiated a new Design/Build program led by newcomer, Steve Hunter; appointed Chair of the English Department Peter Hufnagel as Dean of Faculty and Foreign Language Department Chair Elizabeth Brann as Dean of Academics; and appointed Brad Bodager to Director of Institutional Advancement. Mr. France’s enthusiasm pervades the beloved hallways of the Miller School of Albemarle. As he said at the summer faculty meeting, “Now is our time. It’s all about coherence. The Board is energized like never before, the surrounding community knows what a good thing we’ve got going here, and everybody is ready to jump on board and be part of this excitement.”

To the Miller School

of Albemarle Commun ity, The opportunity to lea the School and the d this wonderful school is a great mome su to make today’s Mille rrounding community have worked close nt in my life. Many people within energetic, and caring,r School of Albemarle a reality. Our stude ly together over the last ten years time to be here. Our and our supporters believe in our Mission nts are terrific, our faculty is bright, ric and Hearts of our wil h history and tradition permeate our scho and work. I cannot imagine a better lin of helping children fin g and receptive students. We work everyol spirit, touching the Minds, Hands, d their own personal day to fulfill Samuel Mi success. ller’s dream I would like to expre ss my appreciation to Caton, and to all the Trustees for giving me former Chairman of the Board of Truste Mr. Dick Abidin, who es, Mr. Do the oppo su cc ee de d Mr. Caton as Board rtunity to lead the Miller School of Albem ug inspirational. His expe arle. Ch air in Ju rie ly, has been both su nce in independent expand the vision of the School and make schools and his background in constructi pportive and progress together. on will help us I also express my tha nk s and appreciation to the and staff who put in Miller School co mightily to our current untless hours on the behalf of our stude of Albemarle community, the faculty nts sound status as a lea ding independent bo . Their work and effort contribute arding school. Over the summer, we be ga n se ve ral new initiatives and he the paving of the ca lped mp the world see the oppo us entrance is the most obvious, we als other plans come to fruition. While o worke rtu nit ies that await students Build program reintrod on these beautiful 1,6 d on several plans to help uc es we 00 acres. The new De ldi ng to the curriculum and en of Virginia’s School sign/ ab of creations. Closely all Engineering to offer students opportu les us to partner with the University nit ied ies wit to design and build h this program is ou emphasizes cycling their own r new Enduran an have an ongoing pla d enables students to design and then co ce team sports program, which n to bring our Equestr ns tru ct the ir own bicycles. We als ian Program back to o campus. As we move ahead in coming months, we started the year. In ’ll build on the energ Alu pleasant facilities for mni Gym, we are relocating and impro y and enthusiasm with which we our community and for vin received to renovate visitors to the campus g the bathrooms to create nice, Alu . The $225,000 grant mn i Gy m (re pla ce the floor and seati wrestling practice are we recently ng to raise the funds reqa, and improve the locker rooms) is to be , create a new fitness center and uir ma ed tch for this renovation. We ed, and we need yo entrance to the Scho ur help are also ma ol, glory as they enter “th which will enable our community and vis king plans to restore the original e Hill.” itors to look upon Old Main in all its We look forward to co nti challenges, and enjoy nuing our work together as we offer ou r our website, on Face our time at the Miller School of Albemarl students bright futures, take on new e. book, or on the Mille r School of Albemarl Please visit us often in person, on e blog. Sincerely,

Rick France Headmaster


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