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Local briefs: Crossroads Academy names new head of school

Published: 5/11/2021 1:33:37 PM
Modified: 5/11/2021 1:33:36 PM

LYME — Crossroads Academy, an independent K-8 school based in Lyme, has chosen Dan Morrissey to be its next head of school.

Morrissey is currently the director of admission at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass.

He has deep ties to Phillips Exeter Academy where he taught and worked as an administrator from 1990 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2013. He replaces Brad Choyt.

Holt takes over as director

of Dickey Center at Dartmouth

HANOVER — Come September, Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth will have a new director.

Victoria K. Holt, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based public policy research institute Stimson Center, will take the reins from interim director Christianne Hardy, who has led the center since last summer after former director Daniel Benjamin left for a job as president of the American Academy in Berlin, according to a news release from the college.

“The United States and all nations are grappling with profound problems that no country can solve alone — issues such as climate change, global health, war and conflict resolution, gender, and development,” Holt said in the release. “The work of the Dickey Center to engage the Dartmouth community, promote understanding of these complex matters, and support action, is essential.”

Holt served as deputy assistant secretary of state from 2008 to 2017 and from 1999 to 2000 was a senior policy adviser in the State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs during the Clinton Administration, according to the release. Since 2018, Holt has taught graduate seminars on U.S. policy on conflict prevention in the post-Cold War world as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

“Victoria Holt’s broad experience in the areas of international security, diplomacy, and public policy, as well as her commitment to scholarship and teaching, fits well with the Dickey Center’s mission of developing a new generation of leaders to take on global issues with intellectual rigor and creative enthusiasm,” Provost Joseph Helble said in the release.

Colby-Sawyer College

signs on to plastic pledge

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College has signed the Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge, which implores universities throughout the country to eliminate single-use plastics from campuses.

Colby-Sawyer’s Zero Waste Task Force was supported by the nonprofit organization Post-Landfill Action Network to sign onto the pledge, according to a news release from the college. It is another component of the college’s Zero Waste Strategic Vision, which was established last year to address waste and sustainability on campus.

“Parkhurst Dining is excited to partner with Colby-Sawyer College and the Post-Landfill Action Network on this important sustainability initiative,” Leslie Ekstrand, general manager for Parkhurst Dining at Colby-Sawyer, said in the release. “We are truly proud to be a part of this effort to break free from plastic.”

D-H surgery chair

named president-elect

of Society of Surgical Oncology

LEBANON — Dr. Sandra L. Wong, who chairs the surgery department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, is the president-elect of the Society of Surgical Oncology. Her term begins in 2022.

Wong, a surgical oncologist, “is a nationally recognized authority in the management of soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, Merkel Cell carcinoma, and gastrointestinal cancers,” according to a news release from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.

Editor’s note: Email community news to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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