▪ After a national search, Karen Cumberbatch has been announced as the next Head of School for Carolina Friends School. She has 22 years of experience in independent school administration.
“Karen’s depth of experience in school leadership, her passion for Quaker education, and her broad range of skills and abilities will serve us well at this moment in the life of the School,” the Board of Trustees noted. “Karen exemplifies the values that we at CFS hold at the center of our work together.”
Cumberbatch has a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in Afro-American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Independent School Leadership from Johns Hopkins University and completed the Institute for Engaging Leadership with the Friends Council on Education.
Cumberbatch will officially begin on July 1, 2017, and Renee Prillaman will continue to act as interim Head of School throughout this academic year.
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▪ Camelot Academy senior Richard Carruthers is a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Out of 1.6 million students who entered the competition from 22,000 high schools around the country, he is one of 16,000 to reach semifinalist status. Finalists will be announced in February. About 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth $33 million will be awarded in the spring.
▪ Lifelong Girl Scout Linda Foreman of Durham has been awarded the Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal.
This prestigious honor is presented to individuals who demonstrate a passion and commitment to expanding the global reach of Girl Scouting including promoting girl-led global opportunities and Take Action projects, supporting the Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Fund, and connecting local girls to the international Girl Scout community. This distinguished national award is bestowed by Girl Scouts of the USA and the National Board of Directors.
Foreman has served on numerous Girl Scout committees, task groups, and advisory boards, both locally and nationally, including currently serving on the Board of Directors for both Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
▪ Chad Kessler, M.D., deputy chief of staff of Durham VA Health Care System, has been appointed director of Emergency Medicine for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In his new role, Kessler will oversee a network of 141 Emergency Departments (EDs) and Urgent Care Centers operated by the VA, which handles more than 2.4 million visits annually.
▪ Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP, Current associate professor, medical director of histology immunopathology laboratories and the pathologists’ assistant program, and chief of bone and soft tissue pathology at Duke University was recently honored with the Public Service Award from the College of American Pathologists. Cardona’s work at Duke and the CAP exemplifies the political and leadership qualities of the CAP’s sixth president, for which the award gets its name. She currently serves on the CAP Economic Affairs Committee, the Council on Government and State Affairs, and the Accountable Care Organization Network.
▪ Durham City Council Member Cora Cole-McFadden was selected this week to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the N.C. League of Municipalities. In that role, she will help oversee the advocacy and membership service efforts of the League, which represents more than 540 cities, towns and villages across North Carolina.
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