Reid appointed Upland head of school

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Thomas J. Reid is the new head of school at Upland Country Day School.

EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Board of Trustees at Upland Country Day School announced the appointment of Thomas J. Reid as Head of School and the election of three new Trustees. Joining the 17-member board are Peter Thayer, Edwina (Evie) Dutton and Margaret Hamilton Duprey.

Tom Reid has more than 25 years experience as a head of school. He was most recently the interim head of school at Palmer Trinity School, a 670-student, grade 6-12 school in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Prior to his position at Palmer Trinity, he served as headmaster at St. Paul’s School, a K- 12 all boys school in Lutherville, Maryland for 11 years. During that time, Tom led the school in the achievement of the International Baccalaureate World School designation, a rigorous academic program that encourages students worldwide to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.  

Prior to his role at St. Paul’s, Reid spent 14 years as the headmaster of Buckley Country Day School, an elementary school in Roslyn, New York. Among his many professional accomplishments, he was the President of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and the Vice President of the New York State Association of Independent Schools. While Reid’s chief responsibilities throughout his career have been in school leadership, he has also taught history and served as director of athletics and as an ice hockey coach.

Peter Thayer joins the Board of Trustees. He has more than 36 years experience working in independent schools. He is currently the Head of School at St. Anne’s Episcopal School, a Pre-K through 8th grade independent day school in Middletown, Delaware. Previously he served as the Head of Middle School at Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Admissions Director at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado and as an English teacher and college guidance counselor at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  Thayer attended Episcopal Academy, then located in Merion, Pennsylvania.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Williams College and a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College BreadLoaf  School. He and his wife, Francie, have three grown children, each involved in independent school education.

Edwina (Evie) Davis Dutton is well known in the international equestrian eventing community and is a longtime Upland committee member serving on both the school’s Development and Capital Campaign Committees. She also co-chairs Upland’s Annual Paper Chase fundraiser, an event that draws more than 250 riders from throughout the region. Dutton is currently a business manager with Phillip Dutton Eventing LLC in West Grove, Pa.  In addition to serving on the Upland Board of Trustees, she is on the Advisory Committee of the Plantation Field International Horse Trials, the Waters Edge Committee with the Stroud Water Research Center, the Professional Riders Organization Awards Committee and a board member of the Curran Foundation. Dutton attended Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University. She lives in West Grove with her husband Phillip, an Olympic equestrian, and three daughters, two currently attending Upland Country Day School and the third, a sophomore at the University of Delaware.

Margaret Duprey owns and manages Cherry Knoll Farm in West Grove, an organization specializing in the breeding and development of Black Angus cattle recognized as state, regional and national champions.  She is a respected philanthropist serving as a trustee for multiple charitable and professional organizations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Family Foundation, an organization established to improve the lives of economically underserved Philadelphia children and youth.  She also is a Trustee Emeritus of the SVF Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island and a Trustee for the USET Foundation in Gladstone, New Jersey.  Duprey joined the Cabrini College Board of Trustees in 1981 after graduating from the college with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She served as Board
Chair of the Cabrini College board from 2000 through 2007 and received an honorary degree from the college in 2008. Duprey is a lifelong equestrian and is involved as a trustee and member of multiple national equestrian and bovine organizations including the US Dressage Federation and the American Angus Association. She and her husband Bob live in Wellington, Florida and West Grove, Pennsylvania.

Departing this year from the Upland Board of Trustees are Kevin Conklin, Dr. Nina Gardner and Dr. Tom McCarter.

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