As the academic year starts, Foxcroft School is excited to introduce its new Dean of Student Life, EMILY JOHNS, Head of School Catherine S. McGehee said Friday. A key member of the School’s Administrative Team, the Dean provides overall strategic leadership, program development, and day-to-day management of Residential Life and the Office of Student Life.
Johns, who most recently served as Dean of Students for a small girls boarding school in Chatham, VA, brings outstanding school credentials to Foxcroft, with 10 years of residential life experience and a proven track record of designing and strengthening programs for girls.
“Her talent for cultivating community engagement, fostering inclusiveness, and collaborating with colleagues to attend to the whole student speaks directly to our residential community,” said McGehee. “And her great ideas for activities on and off campus will offer students even more opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.”
A native of Idaho Falls, ID, Johns earned a BA in American Studies from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a Master’s of English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School. After college, she work in admissions and as coordinator of the American Cultures Program at Randolph-Macon, while also coaching volleyball and serving as a dorm head at Virginia Episcopal School.
In 2005, Johns became Director of Summer Academic Adventures and Assistant Director of Admission at the Asheville (NC) School, and two years later she began her career in girls’ boarding schools. She taught English, coached volleyball, and served as Director of Residential Life at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC, for five years, during which time she restructured the orientation and prefect programs, energized weekend activity offerings, and raised the boarding student retention significantly.
“My mission as a girls’ school leader is to help girls thrive — to be both hardy and happy. I strive to create and promote a relationship-centered environment that provides a wise balance of both nurture and structure,” said Johns upon her appointment last March. “It is evident to me that Foxcroft is a place where girls are valued, supported, and feel cared for. I look forward to partnering with students, faculty, and families to ensure that the student life experience provides students with skills and resources that will make their contributions relevant and meaningful to the world.”
Emily lives on campus with her husband, Chester “Chet” Johns, and daughter Madeline.