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“Many of the specifics we teach today may be obsolete tomorrow,” says Christopher Hughes '90, new academic dean at Chatham Hall, a girls' college-preparatory boarding school. “What will never be obsolete is the ability to think for oneself.” Affiliated with the Episcopal church, the school is located on a 362-acre campus in Chatham, Va., and is home to 133 students in grades 9-12.

“Chatham Hall is the kind of small, academically rigorous school that feeds selective liberal arts colleges such as Lafayette,” says Hughes. “It offers a very strong academic program, together with emphasis on the arts and athletics.” In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Hughes teaches an American history course.

Former dean of students at St. James School in Maryland, Hughes is a history graduate. He earned a master's in social studies and education from Lehigh University. He is the author of Antietam and Gettysburg (Millbrook Press, 1998) and recently completed Andrew Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, and The Battle of Antietam (Blackbirch Press). All are written for middle-school audiences.

Jacob Cooke, who retired from the history department, was an important influence on me,” says Hughes.

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