On Thursday, January 22, Patrick Farrell, Dean of Faculty, sent an email to the faculty announcing the appointments of Martha Fenton '83, David Gardner and Tedd Parker as Cluster Deans of West Quad North (WQN), Pine Knoll and Abbot Cluster, respectively.
Fenton, Gardner and Parker were chosen from a pool of eight applicants. They will assume their positions in the 2015-2016 school year.
"We felt fortunate to have a strong pool of candidates and are grateful to all of those who applied," wrote Farrell in his email.
Fenton is currently an Instructor in Athletics, House Counselor in Johnson Hall and the Coach of Girls Varsity Field Hockey, Ice Hockey and Lacrosse. She started at Andover in 1994 after earning her B.A. at Bowdoin College in Maine and her M.M.S from Lesley College in Mass.
"I hope to be able to take what I have learned from [different cluster deans] and from my own leadership experience to create an environment in WQN that is both supportive and welcoming," said Fenton. Fenton will succeed Frank Tipton, Dean of West Quad North, who will leave Andover at the end of this school year to assume the position of Assistant Head of School of Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass.
Gardner is currently an Instructor in English and a House Counselor in Draper Cottage, as well as the faculty advisor to Andover's Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).
"I’m looking forward to contributing to robust conversations about how best to support and celebrate all of our students," said Gardner.
"In particular, I hope as a Cluster Dean I can help us continue thinking deeply about race, class, gender, ability, religion, and sexuality—especially as we move ahead with the Strategic Plan, which makes equity and inclusion a priority," he continued. Gardner began at Andover in 2013 and will replace Raj Mundra, Dean of Pine Knoll, who will become the Associate Dean of Students this July.
Parker is currently an Instructor in History and House Counselor in Samaritan House and began working at Andover in 2012.
"I was surprised and absolutely honored to have been selected," said Parker. He will replace Jennifer Elliott, Dean of Abbot, who will become Dean of Students beginning this July.
"Ms. Elliott has demonstrated an ability to foster relationships with the students of Abbot while supporting the house counselors, complements and faculty of the cluster in their respective roles. I hope to follow in her footsteps and continue to build a strong sense of community within the cluster," he said.
This article was updated Friday, January 24, 2015.