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VOL. 119 | NO. 135 | Friday, July 29, 2005

Lausanne Headmaster Brings Global Perspective

By Lane Gardner Camp

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"(Lausanne's student population is) diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion, economic background and thought, yet unified in a commitment to one another and to attaining individual potential."
- Stuart McCathie
Name: Stuart McCathie
Position: Headmaster
Company: Lausanne Collegiate School
Basics: McCathie recently began his work as the 10th person to hold the position of headmaster in the East Memphis school's 79-year history.

Earlier this month, Stuart McCathie began work as the new headmaster at Lausanne Collegiate School in East Memphis. He is the 10th person to hold the position in the school's 79-year history.

Warm welcome. Arriving with his wife Cathy and daughter Kelsey from Greenville, N.C., where he had been headmaster of The Oakwood School for five years, McCathie described his reception in Shelby County as warm and welcoming.

"As we pulled into the driveway of our new home, we were immediately greeted by two neighbors," he said.

Born in Liverpool, England, McCathie grew up between Liverpool and Manchester in a town called Ashton-in-Makerfield. He has a bachelor's degree in education from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and a master's degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

International experience. McCathie's classroom teaching experience spans 14 years in the United Kingdom, the Bahamas and the United States.

Prior to his tenure at Oakwood, McCathie's independent school administration experience included positions as dean of students at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn., middle school head at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, N.C., and upper school head at Bermuda High School for Girls in Bermuda.

As for what attracted someone with such a wealth of international education experience to Memphis, McCathie zeroed in on Lausanne's "history of innovation and educational leadership."

Commitment to students. He cited the school's "wonderfully inquisitive" student population, its student-centered approach to learning and what he called "a commitment to requiring students to think rather than regurgitate information."

McCathie also was attracted to Lausanne's diverse student population - "diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion, economic background and thought, yet unified in a commitment to one another and to attaining individual potential," he said.

While there is a cost to attend an independent school like Lausanne, McCathie emphasized that Lausanne has an extensive financial aid program for any family interested in its educational offerings. And the educational mission of Lausanne, McCathie said, is to prepare students for college life and a global environment, and to provide skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

That, combined with what McCathie referred to as the school's excellent college placement, has resulted in what he called tremendous demand for a Lausanne education in recent years.

Going forward. As headmaster, McCathie is responsible for all aspects of the school's day-to-day operations. He regrets he can't be in more than one place at any given time, but finds great satisfaction in "working with colleagues who are talented, bright, creative and committed to going the extra mile for each student."

Looking to the future, McCathie said he wants to "build upon Lausanne's past history of providing a superior education, serving the wider community and being a leader in the field of education."

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