Dr. Ruth R. Fletcher has been selected to lead the St. Andrew’s Schools, starting in the 2016-17 school year, the school’s board of directors announced Tuesday.
Fletcher is currently Dean of Professional Programs at Punahou School. She succeeds Sandra J. Theunick, who has been head of school since July 2007. Theunick announced her retirement last spring and will stay in her position until the end of the current school year.
Fletcher, who will take over in August 2016, will govern three separate school operations in the St. Andrew’s Schools system, the largest being St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls, which is Hawaii’s oldest girls school, founded in 1867 by Queen Emma.
The other schools are St. Andrew’s Preparatory School for Boys, which shares the Priory campus, and Queen Emma Preschool, which is on the Pali Highway.
In addition to her education credentials, Fletcher’s resume includes a stint as staff paleontologist for the United States Geological Survey.