HOBOKEN, NJ (December 22, 2014) – Suellen Newman, Founder and Director of The Hudson School, has announced she will retire at the end of the 2016 school year.
Mrs. Newman has been the Head of The Hudson School for more than 36 years since its founding in Hoboken in 1978, making her one of the longest serving school directors in the tri-state area. The Hudson School is a private institution serving approximately 200 students in grades 5 through 12.
Mrs. Newman will remain fully engaged with the school’s operations as its director through June 2016 when she retires.
“Suellen has created a unique and truly wonderful legacy by dedicating her life to the thousands of students who have attended The Hudson School over the last 36 years. Her impact has extended well beyond academic excellence. She has worked to make every student a better, more compassionate and socially engaged person. We are all now dedicated to maintaining and extending Suellen’s legacy,” said Joel Freiser, chairman of The Hudson School’s Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Newman shared her feelings as she made this historic announcement: “It has been a magnificent and rewarding journey leading The Hudson School for almost four decades. At THS we have created a foundation of respect and a partnership among educators, students and families that helped us to expand and thrive over the years. I know that what we have built together will continue to evolve and grow stronger in the coming years. I am proud and grateful for having had the opportunity to work with skilled and passionate teachers and administrators to guide two generations of children. The students’ intellectual curiosity not to mention their creativity inspire me, humble me and fuel my commitment to this wonderful innovative educational model in learning and teaching—a school where all qualified students, regardless of family ability to afford the tuition, can experience a globally centered curriculum in a culturally sensitive setting. I will depart from daily leadership of The Hudson School in 2016, but The Hudson School will always remain a part of me.”
The Board of Trustees is implementing a thorough transition plan that ensures that The Hudson School maintains its academic standards and operates efficiently during the next 18 months while a new director is selected. The search process will rely on input from professional education consultants, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and students in order to allow the board to choose the best possible person to lead The Hudson School going forward.
“It is essential that we select a director who supports Suellen’s legacy and provides strong, professional leadership to meet the evolving needs of our students and faculty,” Freiser added.
The Board will provide regular updates on its search and related matters.
The Hudson School, founded in Hoboken, NJ in 1978, provides intellectually inquisitive students in grades 5-12 with a rigorous and relevant college-preparatory education that inspires independent thinking and intellectual risk-taking with the goal of developing compassionate, responsible, principled citizens. The Hudson School is steadfastly committed to its mission of encouraging “courage, compassion, and commitment” in all its students.