New head of school at GPS officially sworn in during ceremony - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

New head of school at GPS officially sworn in during ceremony

Posted: Updated:
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Autumn Adkins Graves was sworn in as the new Head of School at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga Thursday morning.

In Graves' remarks Thursday, she said "My name is Autumn Joy Adkins Graves and I am the 7th Head of School. I proudly proclaim that I will lead like a girl!"

"My dad was raised to believe men and women are intellectual equals."

Graves most recently served as president of Girard College, an independent boarding school for students grades 1-12 in Philadelphia. She also previously served as upper school dean of students at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. She is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania.  While Graves's chief responsibilities throughout her career have been in school administration, she has also taught United States History and Health and Wellness and has served as a student advisor and coach.

She grew up in Richmond, Va., and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. She holds a master's degree from Columbia University and is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her husband, R. Vann Graves, serves as executive vice president and global executive creative director of McCann Worldgroup, a leading global advertising and communications firm headquartered in New York City.

Named O Magazine's Woman to Watch for the Decade in 2010, she was an NAIS Edward E. Ford Fellow for Emerging Leaders and the recipient of a Klingenstein Center Fellowship at Columbia University's Teachers College.  

In accepting the GPS appointment, Graves said, "The first time I met with the search committee, I could feel GPS's genuine commitment to preparing young girls to be strong, educated, independent, thoughtful women who are equipped to be civic and professional leaders in the 21st century. This commitment resonates with me personally and professionally, and I am excited to join a school community that truly believes in educating the whole girl and values the teaching of respect and responsibility through discovery and with excellence."

 

Graves is the successor to Dr. Sue Groesbeck who has served as interim Head of School since the recent retirement of Randy Tucker. Tucker died in an automobile accident not long after his retirement.

  • School PatrolMore>>

  • District 6 School Board member Joe Galloway will not seek 3rd term

    District 6 School Board member Joe Galloway will not seek 3rd term

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:04 PM EST2018-01-19 17:04:52 GMT
    Joe GallowayJoe Galloway

    Hamilton County School Board member Joe Galloway will not seek a third term as District 6 representative.   Galloway, a longtime Lookout Valley teacher and coach, told Eyewitness News, "I will continue to remain active in the schools, but I have grandchildren who are growing up, and I don't want to miss any of their events." 

    More

    Hamilton County School Board member Joe Galloway will not seek a third term as District 6 representative.   Galloway, a longtime Lookout Valley teacher and coach, told Eyewitness News, "I will continue to remain active in the schools, but I have grandchildren who are growing up, and I don't want to miss any of their events." 

    More
  • Hamilton County students get mixed results in State Report Card

    Hamilton County students get mixed results in State Report Card

    Thursday, January 11 2018 7:47 AM EST2018-01-11 12:47:12 GMT

    Five months into this school year, the Tennessee Department of Education has finally released the State Report Card for last school year. Again this year, Hamilton County has its share of good news and bad news, when compared to other counties in the region, and across the state.

    More

    Five months into this school year, the Tennessee Department of Education has finally released the State Report Card for last school year. Again this year, Hamilton County has its share of good news and bad news, when compared to other counties in the region, and across the state.

    More
  • Hamilton schools "Community Listening" schedule announced

    Hamilton schools "Community Listening" schedule announced

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 7:12 PM EST2018-01-11 00:12:07 GMT
    Dr. Bryan JohnsonDr. Bryan Johnson

    Hamilton County educators are holding a series of community listening meetings.

    More

    Hamilton County educators are holding a series of community listening meetings.

    More
Powered by Frankly