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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, July 13, 2024


April 16, 2002 – Antilles School announced on Tuesday that it had selected Arthur Scott to serve as the school's headmaster. Scott, 51, is now the headmaster at the Native American Preparatory School in Rowe, N.M. located about 50 minutes east of Santa Fe.
He starts work July 1. Scott replaces interim headmistress Kathleen Knoepfel, who had just retired as head of the middle and upper schools when Mark Marin, headmaster for 22 years, died in July 2001. Knoepfel agreed to return to the school for a year while the search for a new headmaster was conducted.
Due to problem with long distance service out of the territory Tuesday afternoon, Scott could not be reached for comment.
Elliott McIver Davis, who heads the school's board of trustees, said Scott is a good fit for the school.
"When he walked in the door, I knew this was the future of Antilles," Davis said.
More importantly, Davis said, Scott was concerned about whether Antilles was a good fit for him.
"Everybody else just wanted the job," Davis said.
He also said the search committee looked at whether the applicant and his family would fit into life on a small island.
Additionally, the successful candidate must find a balance between academic excellence and maintaining the school's student and staff diversity.
"It must reflect the community," Davis said.
He said the headmaster has to deal with issues such as tuition and scholarships to maintain the diversity.
New Mexico has its own share of diversity. It is thought of as a tri-cultural state, home to Native Americans, people of Mexican decent and Caucasians.
Davis expects Scott to lead the school to the next level of excellence. This includes raising teachers' salaries to the norm for independent schools and improving academic performance.
Scott's 10-year-old daughter will be a student at the school.
Davis said 18 people applied for the job. The search committee narrowed the search down to six people, and then finally to three before picking Scott.
"He's got vision, he's got an eclectic intellect and he's extremely well read," Davis said.
Davis said that Scott hails from Louisville, Kentucky. He holds master's degrees in divinity and theology from Duke University, a bachelor of arts from Hiram College in Ohio and is a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
Antilles School has 500 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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