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After 4 Decades As An Educator, Malvern Prep’s President Steps Down

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(Courtesy: Malvern Preparatory School)

(Courtesy: Malvern Preparatory School)

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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - After more than 40 years as an educator and administrator, Malvern Prep’s president is calling it a career.

Jim Stewart’s career began in 1970 as a Spanish teacher. He held several different positions over the years and climbed the ranks at the school eventually earning the position as president.

“Bittersweet that I will not be part of it anymore on a daily basis.”

Stewart still thought classes everyday, all the way through his career.

“It was my philosophy that all the administrators should be in the classroom at least once a day because they could experience what the kids are about and also the other teachers would see that they’re invested in the same things they invested in day in and day out.”

So what’s next?

“I’m probably going to volunteer somewhere, probably in the school or a charity.”

Stewart says he doesn’t have any regrets; he just hopes some of the tough decisions he had to make over the years were the right ones.

Now, he says, it’s time to let a younger president bring new ideas to Malvern Prep.

“I think they’re well-positioned to go forward. This new strategic plan they have, they have a new head that’s 36-years-old; I think they’ll do very well with that.”

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