“To educate and nurture young people to the highest standard we are able and to do so consistently with the Quaker values that are at the very soul of this school—not least rigor in the pursuit of knowledge, including self-knowledge.”

J. Samuel Houser, Ninth Head of School

J. Samuel “Sam” Houser receives his BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where he majors in Latin and spends an undergraduate year at University College London, in the Departments of Greek and Latin. He holds a PhD in Classical Philology from Brown University.

After teaching Latin and Greek for eleven years in the Classics Department at Franklin & Marshall, Sam is appointed vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff in 2007. He chairs the strategic planning committee, stewards integration of a donor’s private nature conservancy into Franklin & Marshall, supports the college’s strategic marketing initiative, mentors Franklin & Marshall’s Rouse Leadership Scholars, and oversees the college’s relationship with the Lancaster community.

Sam also serves on the Board of Trustees of Wilson College, chairs the Board of Directors of the Millport Conservancy, Lititz, PA, and is a member of the Lancaster City Alliance Strategic and Economic Development Steering Committee.

George School Board Clerk (Chair) Timothy D. Katsiff ’87 says, “Sam has an impressive academic background and extensive management and strategic planning experience in educational administration. He also has a demonstrated commitment to the style of collaborative decision-making that is prized at George School.”

Remarks Sam, “George School graduates are highly respected among the country’s top colleges, and are known to represent rigorous academics, strong character, and Quaker values.

“From the moment I first set foot on campus, George School impressed me as a family as much as a school. Building on the inspiring leadership of Nancy Starmer and continuing to strengthen this incredible educational community will be exhilarating responsibilities and a great pleasure. I look forward to being a leader and advocate for George School and the values that make it distinctive.”