Walsingham Upper School Director to Retire; National Search Launched

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Martha McArthur will retire from her position as Walsingham Academy's Upper School Director at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Walsingham Academy)
Martha McArthur will retire from her position as Walsingham Academy’s Upper School Director at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Walsingham Academy)

Walsingham Academy’s Upper School is looking for a new director.

Martha McArthur, who has spent nearly 10 of her 45 years as an educator with Walsingham, has announced her retirement.

McArthur started with Walsingham as a faculty member who specialized in history and foreign language before being promoted to Upper School Director, according to a news release from the school.

During her time at the helm of the Upper School, McArthur is credited with “enhancing the depth and breadth of the Academy’s instructional programs” as well as furthering the school’s reputation for having a strong college preparatory curriculum, the release states.

“It is my belief that one of Martha’s most notable accomplishments is her ability to lead and develop the faculty, challenging them to new levels of professional development and empowering the creative expression of their expertise,” said Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle, the President of Walsingham Academy. “On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, the Board of Trustees, the Administration, Faculty, and students who have had the privilege of working with Mrs. McArthur, I offer my deep appreciation for the lasting contributions she has made to our Academy and to the community.”

McArthur plans to retire and relocate with her family to Arizona at the end of the current school year, and a search committee has already been formed to find her replacement.

Led by Board of Trustees Chairman and Executive Vice President of Christopher Newport University Bill Brauer, the committee will work with a leading national search firm.

“I am confident that my successor inherits a school that embodies the best of a rigorous academic program and bold innovative thinking, steeped in the long-standing tradition of Mercy Charism,” McArthur wrote in a letter announcing her retirement to the school community. “I thank everyone – Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle, students, families, colleagues, and trustees – for making possible such a rewarding career.”