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Principal of Havergal College Receives the 2011 Ransome Prize for Her Leadership in Girls Education
Posted 07/14/2011 10:40AM

The Board of Governors of Havergal College congratulates its Principal, Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck, on being awarded the 2011 Ransome Prize presented by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS), which is based in Massachusetts with member schools around the world.

“With boundless energy, an incredible work ethic and outstanding dedication, Dr. Groesbeck has been recognized as a leader in women’s education in both Canada and the United States,” said Eden Oliver, Chair of the Board of Governors of Havergal College and an alumna of the school. “Consistent with our school's strategic plan and mission of preparing young women to make a difference, Dr. Groesbeck demonstrates innovative and creative leadership, and she mentors teachers and students to become the best that they can be, both in the classroom and in their communities. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Groesbeck as our Principal.”

Presented in honour of NCGS Co-Founder Whitty Ransome, the Ransome Prize is awarded to a female who has uniquely committed herself to the lives of other girls and women, and who reflects the pure devotion to a higher cause, the willingness to serve others, and the grace and readiness to honour others.

“I am truly honoured to receive the Ransome Prize. This award is particularly meaningful to me as I was surrounded by my Canadian and American school head colleagues,” said Dr. Groesbeck, who received the award at NCGS’s annual conference held recently in Massachusetts. “Over my 40-year career in education, I have been fortunate to work with outstanding teachers, colleagues, students and school communities. I believe that when you surround yourself with amazing people, it drives you to grow, excel and make a difference.”

Well known in independent schools in both Canada and the United States, Dr. Groesbeck is a respected teacher who won Teacher of the Year for New York State, and received two Fulbright Grants (Germany, Japan) and a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Groesbeck helped form the New York State Association of Women Administrators and was instrumental in planning their first initiative “Women Helping Girls” for which the group was awarded a Kellogg Foundation Grant. Prior to Havergal College, she was the Head of School at Hilton Head Preparatory School in South Carolina where, during her tenure, she played a significant role in organizing the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls conference.

Entering her fourth year as Principal of Havergal College, Dr. Groesbeck spearheaded the school’s current Strategic Plan, which focuses on self-efficacy and global capability. Earlier this year, Dr. Groesbeck travelled to Hong Kong and Dubai to lecture on trends in girls’ education. Her long career gives her an international perspective, which spans cultures and continents.

Havergal College is a leading independent university-preparatory day school (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12) and boarding school (Grades 9 to 12) for girls in Toronto. Havergal College has been preparing young women to make a difference in their chosen pursuits since 1894. For more information about Havergal College, visit www.havergal.on.ca or www.joyofbeinggirl.ca.

At the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools in Massachusetts: (L to R) Martha Perry, Principal of St. Clement’s School; Meg Moulton, NCGS Co-Founder; Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck, Principal of Havergal College; Karen Murton, Principal of Branksome Hall; Whitty Ransome, NCGS Co-Founder. [Photo by Karen Murton]



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