Bethesda Academy Welcomes New Board of Governors

Bethesda Academy Welcomes New Board of Governors

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy is pleased to welcome Brian Harlander, former president of fertilizer at the Gavilon Group; Leslie Littlejohn, community volunteer; and Linda Bleicken, president of the American Academic Leadership Institute and former president of Armstrong State University, to its board of governors.

These community leaders will serve three-year terms for the boarding and day school for boys in grades six through 12.

Donna Stafford, a retired teacher from Savannah Country Day School, has been named as the new Chair of the Women’s Board of Bethesda and will also join the Board of Governors in this capacity. She will serve a two-year term.

Cliff McCurry will serve his first year as Chair for the board. McCurry is Director of Business Development of Sterling Seacrest Partners.

“We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and experienced group of individuals serving on the Bethesda Board of Governors,” said McCurry. “These men and women are true community leaders with a commitment to advancing the school’s mission.”

Officers for the upcoming year are William T. Moore, vice chair; Quentin Marlin, secretary; Jim Trolinger, treasurer.

Returning board members include Ellen Bolch, J. Ryan Chandler, John C. Helmken, H. Michael Hughes, Diane Ingram, R. Kevin Jackson and Joe Marinelli.

“With Bethesda as a school for young men, the board of governors will focus their attention on key opportunities involving leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability,” said Mike Hughes, Bethesda Academy president.

Bethesda Academy maintains its mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders and entrepreneurs by inspiring young men to discover their academic, social and spiritual potential.

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit or call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
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