Presenters and Mentors
The common thread through the entire ISANNEleads experience is for each member of the cohort to come to understand their strengths and challenges as a leader and the strengths and challenges of those around them. The experience will provide the tools each will need to “stay inspired” as a school leader. All of this is built around the courage to lead with integrity.
Laurie G. Hurd
Laurie, the Executive Director of ISANNE, is energized by working with mission driven leaders and organizations. She grew up on New England boarding school campuses and she has spent her professional life working in independent and public schools.
Laurie began her career in education as a teacher, dorm parent, and student advisor and she also established an after-school program at Norfolk Academy in VA. When she returned to Hyde School, she led their Admissions department for 12 years. Laurie joined Hyde’s effort to bring character and family education programming into the public schools and she was the first director of Hyde’s New Haven, CT public magnet high school. She was a member of the founding team of Hyde School’s Woodstock, CT boarding campus and she served as Head of School for 8 years at Hyde School’s Bath campus, her alma mater.
Prior to being named the Executive Director of ISANNE, Laurie served as the Director of Development of the Oldfields School in Glencoe, MD. While living outside New England, Laurie maintained her connection with ISANNE and the Association’s focus on leadership development and she has served with the ISANNELEADS faculty team since the program began in 2012.
Dedicated to the continual improvement of schools and their leaders, Jim is the Deputy Director of Commission on Independent Schools at NEASC. In this capacity he oversees initial and continued accreditation of the secondary schools. He brings a lifetime of independent school involvement to the work, including 16 years as Headmaster of Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT. He has been the Co-Director of the ISANNE Emerging Leader Summer Conference (ISANNELEADS) and has held prior positions at Taft School (CT) and Rye Country Day School (NY).
Effective school leadership has led to several Board appointments, including as Chair of the NEASC Commission on Independent Schools; President of the NEASC Board; and member of Association of Independent Schools of New England board; the School Board of Peru, Vermont; trustee of the Rowland Foundation: and member of the board of AISAP (Association of Independent School Admissions Professionals). He is also serving on the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. Jim is a graduate of the Taft School and Yale University who earned his Master of Arts in Education Administration at Stanford University.