We are delighted to announce that two important searches have come to exciting conclusions. In the coming weeks, we will welcome Tchet Dorman, our new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and James Hightower, who will serve as our new Director of College Counseling.
Tchet Dorman has dedicated his career to working with students and professionals on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has demonstrated a deep and sustained commitment to developing the awareness, knowledge, and skills that make communities welcoming to people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, gender expressions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic experiences, and religions.
Dorman comes to us from Millersville University, where he served as Director of Diversity and Social Justice, providing strategic support to the Office of the President and managing commissions on the status of women, cultural diversity and inclusion, and gender and sexual diversity.
Prior to Millersville, he was the director of Temple University's Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education, where he planned and implemented a variety of programs to support administration, faculty, and students on matters of diversity.
While at Temple, he also became a master facilitator of Intergroup Dialogue, offering hundreds of trainings and workshops for professionals, including Germantown Friends School faculty. Dorman was recognized for his work with the Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME).
Dorman holds a master's degree in African American Studies from Temple University, and is well on his way to completing his PhD in that same program. He is thrilled to be returning to Germantown, where he spent his early years as a student at the John B. Kelly Elementary School. He looks forward to working with students, drawing on his extensive teaching experience at area universities, including Philadelphia University and Temple University, where he has taught a wide range of courses on history, literature and the social aspects of race, gender, social conflict, identity and multiculturalism. He will assume his new role next week.
James Hightower III comes to us from Greensboro Day School (a PreK-12 school located in North Carolina), where he was Dean of Student Life and College Counseling.
Prior to Greensboro Day, Hightower served as Associate Director of College Counseling at the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, and at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, MA. He also brings strong relationships and a deep understanding of the college admissions process from his experience in undergraduate admissions, having served as Assistant Director of College Admissions at Johns Hopkins University, and in the Admissions offices of Albright College and Berea College.
Hightower impressed us with his comprehensive knowledge of the college admissions process. He has developed a deep understanding of the way the process has evolved in recent years, and employs this knowledge to help both students and families successfully navigate the ever-changing landscape of college admissions.
He is thrilled to be moving to Philadelphia and looks forward to getting to know our community. He aims to be settled in mid-August, and will prioritize building relationships with families of juniors and seniors.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to these two accomplished and thoughtful new members of our community.