MILFORD – The Lauralton Hall Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Miller as the next president and head of the college-prep, all-girls’ school on High Street. Miller succeeds Antoinette Iadarola, who will retire at the end of the academic year in June.
Miller recently returned to the United States after working for a year in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, opening a new school, the GEMS Nations Academy. Prior to that, she served as head of school at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, an independent, Catholic pre-K through grade 12 school in St. Louis with an all-girls' upper school.
“The search committee reviewed a strong field of candidates for this position and we are delighted to have selected an outstanding individual to lead Lauralton Hall into its next phase of educating young women in the Mercy Tradition,” said Trudy A. Dickneider, ’64, board chair.
The board was impressed with Miller’s stellar accomplishments as a leader in independent education, according to a press release. Her career began at Pace Academy in Atlanta, where she taught history, public speaking and journalism. She entered administration while at Pace and was recognized with four national independent school education awards. She later moved on to be upper school head at Hutchison School, an all-girls’ independent school in Memphis, where she was chosen as the state’s Administrator of the Year by the Tennessee Scholastic Press Association.
“Lauralton Hall is a welcome home for me,” said Miller in the release. “It is a place of familiar values and traditions, a rigorous school consonant with my educational philosophy, a community rich in generations of scholarly young women. I am appreciative for this opportunity of service and stewardship during this chapter in Lauralton’s history.”
Miller also expressed her gratitude to the board of trustees for their show of confidence and to President Iadarola for her legacy.
“I am looking forward to working with the community of its students and their families, its alumnae and friends of the school, its faculty and administrative team and the board of trustees,” she said.
Miller graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with minors in French and economics management. She holds a master’s degree in Asian studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Miller is active in the National Association of Independent Schools and has completed its Aspiring Heads Fellowship, funded by the Edward E. Ford Foundation, where she focused on the research of female philanthropic patterns in 2011-2012, as well as itsir Institute for New Heads in 2013. For the past three years she has collaborated on a panel at the organization’s annual conference.
“Elizabeth is uniquely qualified to further Lauralton’s goal of empowering young women for life and I am confident that she will continue to grow its reputation as the premiere Catholic college prep school for girls in the nation,” said Iadarola.