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March 10, 2004:
became headmaster of the Lawrenceville School in July. (Photo:
The Lawrenceville School)
Going back to school
Liz Duffy 88 is first woman to lead Lawrenceville School
Elizabeth Duffy 88 has held top positions at nonprofit educational
organizations, including the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow
Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and most recently the Illinois-based
Ball Foundation. But her favorite job was her first one as
administrator for the Student Volunteers Council that is,
until she took over in July as the 12th headmaster of the Lawrenceville
School, a preparatory school a short drive from Princeton.
I love working with students, says Duffy, who was
eager to return to a campus setting, given her own college experiences.
One of the perks of her job at Lawrenceville is attending classes.
She has sat in on at least two dozen, on subjects ranging from calculus,
to the American West, to world religions.
Lawrenceville enrolls about 800 high school students. Duffy, a
molecular biology major at Princeton who later earned an M.B.A.
and masters in education from Stanford, says Lawrenceville
must address the enormous pressure students and faculty are
under these days. Faculty members, she explains, are expected
to be excellent teachers and coaches, and to be involved in the
residential life of the school. Students, says Duffy, must manage
their hectic, competitive lives and not only strive for top
grades but also stand out in extracurricular activities.
Another challenge, she says, will be balancing Lawrencevilles
commitment to legacies and to diversity. The more selective
you become, the harder it is to balance those values, says
Duffy, who has written two books: Crafting A Class: College Admissions
and Financial Aid, 19551999 (1997) and, with former Princeton
president William G. Bowen *58, The Charitable Nonprofits (1994).
While she logs many hours with faculty and students, Duffys
husband, John Gutman 83, a 1979 graduate of Lawrenceville,
takes care of their two children Lucy, 3, and Ted, 1
as he has done since they were born.
A University trustee, board member of Project 55, and cofounder
of the Princeton Womens Network, Duffy realizes that she follows
in the footsteps of some pretty remarkable people at
the helm of Lawrenceville. Thats a little humbling,