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Dr. Gina Haughton Gains National Recognition

Dr. Gina Haughton Gains National Recognition

Since joining the University School of Milwaukee community in 2019, and after a 22-year career in teaching, Dr. Gina Haughton has led significant growth and change at USM. Her role at the school continues to evolve, thanks to her participation in a prestigious national fellowship and promotion to interim head of Upper School.

Dr. Gina Haughton is entering the 2022–23 school year with notable additions to her resume: she has been named University School of Milwaukee’s interim head of Upper School, and is a member of the 2022–23 cohort for the National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads.

The fellowship is offered to a select number of applicants nationwide and is designed to support the professional development of individuals who demonstrate excellence in leadership, a passion for their work, and aspiration to become a head of school. This program is unique within the independent school community and among the best leadership development programs in the country. It includes yearlong mentorship from a current head of school, one-on-one career counseling, a group action research project, and an invaluable network of colleagues for advice and support throughout participants’ careers.

The fellowship will further support Haughton’s role as interim head of Upper School, which was announced in June. Stuart Cushman, the previous head of Upper School, steps into the new role of director of strategic operations. “I am continually impressed with Gina’s ability to create community and articulate our mission,” said Steve Hancock, head of school. “She is a brilliant thinker and has accomplished a great deal in her three years at USM. She will lead the division with poise and passion as she is guided by data and research.” Previously, Haughton served as USM’s director of equity and student success.

“Through the fellowship, I hope to gain a more thorough understanding of independent schools and how to lead them effectively, while creating a nationwide network of support from other aspiring heads of school,” said Haughton. “I hope to sharpen and tune my leadership skills and challenge myself in ways that I haven’t had to do before. What I learn as a part of being in this program will certainly benefit USM, as I will implement the knowledge and skills that I will acquire.”

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