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Creagh Takes Charge

Next year will mark the beginning of current Assistant Dean of Students Amie Creagh’s five-year tenure as the new dean of students, giving her responsibility for the entire student body.

Current Dean of Students Toby Emerson will take the position of assistant dean for another two years. During this time, he will work with juniors and seniors, while another, yet-to-be-named dean will manage freshmen and sophomores.

“Perhaps the most challenging aspect of this job is to balance the need to nurture and the need to discipline,” said Head of School Margarita Curtis. “Like a parent, you have to say no and say what’s wrong, and enforce the rules.”

Mr. Emerson said, “Since my tenure is over and Mr. Flaska is on a leave of absence, Ms. Creagh provides continuity in the office.”

Dr. Curtis gave the faculty until December 15 to nominate candidates for the remaining spot as assistant dean of students. This third dean will be announced in the third week of January.

“I may make unpopular decisions,” said Ms. Creagh, “but I’ll aim to keep communication flowing in both directions.”

1 Comment on Creagh Takes Charge

  1. Amie has been an amazing, very fair and skillful Assistant Dean for the four years that I have been a parent working with her. Whether the problem was easy or difficult, I have found Amie to be open and solution oriented. I have found her to be completely responsive in a timely manner. I have also found that she is trustworthy as I have depended on her to provide the balance of nurturing and discipline to my child in my absence. Since Fall 2008, the Deerfield administration has done an outstanding job in keeping students safe and setting standards and discussing values that will benefit students for a life time.

    Congratulations to Amie and all best wishes for your continued success!!! She is an excellent professional in every way and a feet-on-the-ground parent that gets, cares about students. Mary Matthews, P-Cl2012

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