The Board of Trustees of Olney Friends School, Barnesville, Ohio, announces that Micah Brownstein, Dean of Students, and Cynthia A. Walker, Dean of Faculty, will serve as Interim Co-Heads of the school for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board had asked Kenneth Hinshaw to step aside from his position as Head of School on May 28, 2017.
While acknowledging Mr. Hinshaw's contributions to Olney, the board feels new leadership is needed to help the school continue to build on the momentum of the last several years. The new Co-Heads have already begun to work with the board, faculty, parents and broader Olney community to prepare for the next school year and the highest enrollment for many years.
Olney Friends School is a 9-12 grade college preparatory boarding and day school with a diverse national and international enrollment. Olney honors its Quaker roots by emphasizing consensus, integrity, and cooperative conflict resolution while embracing ethnic, racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity. Students participate integrally in all aspects of community life, including decision-making in the dormitories, providing input on academic offerings, and working in the kitchen and on the farm.