Indian Springs School taps Vaughan as new director

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Following a unanimous vote by the Indian Springs School Board of Governors, the school announced Gareth Vaughan’s appointment as the seventh director of Indian Springs School, effective July 1, 2008.

A Welshman by birth, and an American by virtue of a quarter century of educational experience, Vaughan was educated in both Britain and the United States.

A graduate of the University of York (B.A., biology) and of the University of London’s Institute of Education.

He also holds a master of arts from George Washington University (public policy, environment and resource management), as well as a masters in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he was enrolled in the prestigious Klingenstein Leadership Academy Program (Educational Leadership in Private Schools).

“His distinguished academic training aside, the quality, depth and scope of our new director’s hands-on, practical educational experience is especially impressive and particularly appropriate for his upcoming leadership responsibilities at Indian Springs,” said Search Committee and Board of Governors Chair Donald Hess.

Vaughan and his wife Dorrie Fuchs had this to say about Indian Springs School in their letter to the Washington International School (WIS) community, where Vaughan has worked since 1982.

“We have found a school community whose ideals and passions immediately attracted us:

a strong academic focus, a unique model of student leadership, a meaningful commitment to stewardship of the environment and opportunities for significant involvement in athletics and the performing arts.”

“During our visits, we were struck by how immediately we felt at home with the students, faculty, staff and parents we met,” Vaughan added.

Vaughan will replace interim Director Lee Pierson, who replaced Mel MacKay in June after MacKay announced his resignation in mid-March