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George B. Sanderson Becomes Doane Academy's 22nd Headmaster

Burlington, New Jersey - October, 2015 -
On Sunday, October 4th, in a celebration full of symbolism and very real ties to ceremonies that have taken place across three centuries of this school's history, George Sanderson was installed as the 22nd Headmaster of Doane Academy.
Ceremony in Historic Chapel - Reception in New Building
 In a ceremony built around tradition, and presided over by New Jersey's retired Episcopal Bishop, George Councell, as well as by the President of the Board of Trustees of Doane Academy, Audrey Winzinger, George B. Sanderson was officially installed as the 22nd Headmaster of Doane Academy.  Doane Academy is an age 3 through 12th grade college prep school in Burlington, New Jersey.

The ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon, October 4th, in the school's historic 1847 chapel and was attended by over 200 friends, family, faculty, staff, students and other guests.  This chapel, the first Gothic cruciform-style church in the United States, was designed by John Notman, and has been witness to twenty such ceremonies since its consecration nearly 170 years ago. 

Special remarks were provided by Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson, Head of School at National Cathedral School in Washington DC since 2003. Mrs. Jamieson spoke of Mr. Sanderson's passion for education and for developing leadership skills among students, which is in alignment with Doane Academy's mission to develop confident,  ethical leaders prepared to improve the world.

During the ceremony, Mr. Sanderson was presented with a number of symbolic and actual gifts.  The first gift was the  "key to the school", the original front door key to the school, used by Bishop Doane beginning in 1837.  This was presented by the Board of Trustees.  Other items presented were: a school shield, presented by the faculty and staff, a set of three history books written about the school, presented by graduates, a small tree presented by parents and a framed photograph of the entire student body, presented by students. A reception followed these ceremonies in the school's new expansive building, Rowan Hall, a 26,000 square foot addition, bringing eleven new classrooms as well as office,meeting and reception spaces to the growing school. 
Mr. Sanderson grew up outside of Boston and is a graduate of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. He earned his undergraduate degree in History from Princeton University and his masters from the University of Pennsylvania. After college, he worked in the corporate finance field for eleven years both in New York and in London prior to pursuing his career in education. Before coming to Doane Academy this year, Mr. Sanderson held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at Princeton Day School, including History department chair, upper school dean, and director of financial aid. At Princeton Day School, Mr. Sanderson was the recipient of The Robert C. Whitlock Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Stanton Foundation Innovation in Civics Program grant, and The David C. Bogle Award for the Pursuit of Teaching Excellence. He has served as chair of the National Association of Independent Schools' financial aid committee, as a trustee of several nonprofit organizations, and currently serves on the executive board of the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He and his wife Carolyn are the parents of three children: Peter and Katie, who are seniors in high school, and James, who is a senior at Duke University.  Doane Academy is
proud to officially welcome
Mr. Sanderson and his family into the
Doane Academy family.
 The reception, as it took place inside of Rowan Hall.
About Doane Academy
Doane Academy was founded as St. Mary's Hall in 1837 by the Right Reverend George Washington Doane, the second Episcopal bishop of New Jersey.  The school, which changed its name to Doane Academy in 2008, remains to this day on its original scenic campus on the banks of the Delaware River in historic Burlington, New Jersey.

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