DALLAS, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hockaday School is pleased to announce Dr. Karen Warren Coleman, former Vice President for Campus and Student Life at the University of Chicago, as its new Eugene McDermott Head of School. Dr. Coleman will become the thirteenth head of school since its founding in 1913.
Search Committee Chair Michelle Neuhoff Thomas '83 stated, "After a complete and exhaustive national search of outstanding candidates, we are elated to welcome Karen as our next head of school. She will bring vision, inspiration, and momentum to Hockaday while holding true to the traditions of its founding Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics. With a highly distinguished background in education, Karen is uniquely qualified to lead our School to ensure it continues to provide the exceptional opportunities that define the Hockaday experience. We are confident that her remarkable experience and leadership will guide Hockaday into this next chapter in its history." Board Chair David J. Haemisegger said, "Karen is a proven, confident leader with a demonstrated history of building meaningful relationships in a community of teaching and learning. Smart, articulate, warm, and caring, she will be a positive role model for our girls and a vibrant collaborator with our faculty. Karen is a life-long learner whose strategic thinking will move the School forward to ensure that we remain one of the premier leaders in 21st century girls education. We are fortunate to have Karen and her husband Andy join the Hockaday and Dallas communities."
As an educator and administrator, Dr. Coleman's educational philosophy is based on the exceptional responsibility and extraordinary privilege of working with young people. She believes, "Education has the ability to transform lives, both inside the classroom or lab and outside of it - including on the field, in the dance studio, while working at an internship, and around the dining table. Learning is fluid and participatory; students continuously observe and engage with the world around them in order to test their assumptions and learn new ways of thinking and doing. While the traditional responsibility of teaching is most often assigned to the classroom teacher, there is a larger cast of influential individuals and groups - parents, siblings, and other family members, coaches, advisors, mentors, peers, internship supervisors, teammates, and others - who have a meaningful and important role in educating our students."