Hunter Welcomes a New School Year and a New Director

The 2013-14 school year is about to begin and our community will also be welcoming a new Campus Schools Director!

ORIENTATIONS:

  • Grade 7 (Students and Parents) - Wednesday, September 4, 8:30 - 10:30 am. 
  • Grade 8 (Students Only) - Wednesday, September 4, 10:45 am
  • Grades 9 and 10 (Students Only) - Wednesday, September 4, 1 pm
  • Grades 11 and 12 (Students only) - Tuesday, September 3, 1 pm
  • For a full list of events for your child's grade, click on Events in the top menu, then select Grade Events. All Hunter parents should have received a mailed information packet from the school administration and a grade-specific email from the PTA presidents

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:  Monday, September 9 at  8:08 am.

NEW CAMPUS SCHOOLS DIRECTOR: Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab recently announced the appointment of Dean Ketchum as the new Hunter College Campus Schools Director.

In an email to Hunter parents, President Raab said: 

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dean Ketchum as the new Hunter College Campus Schools Director and Elementary School Principal.  Dean's background and experiences as a principal and state administrator are remarkable and have prepared him well to undertake the combined responsibilities of Director and Principal.  He impressed many during the search process with his leadership skills, support for faculty, keen understanding of pedagogy, and commitment to strong parent participation. Above all, he is committed to building and strengthening our vibrant learning environment for our exceptional students.
 
Dean has had an array of experience as a school administrator, including nine years as principal of Midtown West Elementary School, a New York City Department of Education school that experienced tremendous success under his leadership and is now consistently ranked among the strongest in the city. During Dean’s tenure, Midtown West added innovative programs designed to encourage parental involvement and made remarkable strides in fundraising. 
 
Dean holds both a B.A in Classics and an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to Midtown West, he was the Executive Director of School Improvement for the State of Oklahoma, where he supervised curriculum, assessment, and all federal programs while serving on the State Superintendents Advisory Team.  This statewide experience prepared him well to work with the larger Hunter College and CUNY communities.  His work for the state was so well received that the University of Oklahoma identified him as one of the 75 outstanding leaders of change in the state.
 
I want to thank the members of the search committee for their hard work and dedication, particularly given the short timeframe of this search and the complexity of this position. I also want to thank those of you who participated in the parent and faculty sessions during campus visits and provided us with extremely valuable feedback. Finally, we are all indebted to our search consultant, Martha Eisenberg, for developing an impressive candidate pool in a short time and for her extraordinary support of our search.  
 
Director/Principal Ketchum will transition into the position during September. I am confident that he will bring exciting new leadership to the Campus Schools, and I look forward to joining you in welcoming him to our Hunter community. 
 
But first, I want to welcome each and every one of you back to what I know will be another outstanding school year. As always, thank you for everything you do on behalf of the Campus Schools.
 
Jennifer J. Raab