Duff to lead Radcliffe Creek School trustees in 2024-25

CHESTERTOWN — Betsy Duff is succeeding Rob Ditmars as president of the Radcliffe Creek School board of trustees.

The change in leadership was announced in a news release Monday, June 24.

According to the news release, Duff was elected to the top post at the board’s June 17 meeting.

Ditmars has served as board president since 2020.

As president, he navigated RCS through the challenges of a pandemic and a change in the head of school.

Ditmars’ “unflagging optimism, ability to cut to the heart of complex situations and sense of humor buoyed both the staff and the board as we made difficult decision after difficult decision. He was the right person at the right time to lead the school,” board Vice President Brennan Starkey P’10 said in the June 24 news release.

Radcliffe Creek School, which opened in the fall of 1996, is a K-8 private school in Chestertown that focuses on students with learning differences.

Last October, the board of trustees announced that it had extended the contract of Head of School Peter Thayer through June 2025.

He was appointed to an interim position in July 2022.

Duff, who joined the RCS board in 2021, currently chairs the head of school search committee.

She also has served as board secretary, chair of the committee on trustees, and as a member of the finance and advancement committees.

In the news release, Duff said she would continue to work closely with Thayer in his third year as head of school, and then to welcome the next head in 2025.

“Identifying, hiring, and welcoming our next school leader into the community will be a top priority for the board for the next several years,” Duff said in the news release.

She added, “We will continue to emphasize the health of our school community through higher student admissions growth and retention of our outstanding faculty. We will ensure the school’s financial flexibility and sustainability through fundraising and strong financial management. Additionally, we will oversee the school’s strategic direction as we move forward into its next chapter under new leadership.”

Duff is a managing partner and the chief operating officer of Harbour Capital Advisors LLC, an independent wealth management firm and multi-family office, according to the news release.

Before forming Harbour Capital Advisors in 2011, she worked for more than 20 years in private and investment banking at Bank of America.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Brown University.

She and her husband live in McLean, Virginia, and spend their weekends in Chestertown, according to the news release.

Duff has served as a trustee and chair of The Potomac School board of trustees; director of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; director of The Literacy Lab; and board member and president of the Junior League of Washington.

 

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