A series of scandals at exclusive boarding schools — St. George’s Episcopal in Rhode Island, St. Paul’s Episcopal in New Hampshire, and Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire — have pushed these schools and others to adopt new safeguards.
The Boston Globe reports the Association of Boarding Schools has censured for the former Exeter principal:
An international association of boarding schools has censured the former principal of Phillips Exeter Academy for failing to disclose that a prominent teacher had admitted to sexual misconduct before the association gave him an award in 2012.
The censure of former principal Tom Hassan, husband of New Hampshire’s governor, is part of the growing fallout from revelations this week that popular Phillips Exeter faculty member Rick Schubart had admitted to sexual misconduct with two students. But Hassan, who stepped down in 2015, did not disclose Schubart’s conduct publicly or to The Association of Boarding Schools, which gave Schubart a leadership award in 2012.
“We learned on Wednesday for the first time about Rick Schubart’s reported misconduct, his forced retirement from Exeter in 2011, and the additional disciplinary measures the school imposed in 2015,’’ said a letter from board chairwoman Susan A. Nelson and executive director Peter W. Upham. “The revelations this week have been deeply disappointing, personally and professionally.’’
And Michelle R. Smith of the AP writes:
“Absolutely, there is a period of intense self-examination happening,” said Pete Upham, executive director of the Association of Boarding Schools, an organization of 280 college prep schools, mostly in the U.S. and Canada.