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Harry Kavros, distinguished administrator of international finance, higher education, and corporate philanthropy for more than 30 years, has been appointed as the next Director of Administration of Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill.

Kavros was selected by a search committee of EWS board members, teachers and parents and will serve on an interim basis beginning July 1.  He succeeds Christina Wise, who has been administrator of Emerson Waldorf since 2015.

“Harry is the ideal candidate to lead our school,” said Mark Hulbert, Chair of Emerson Waldorf’s Board of Directors. “Wherever he has worked, Harry has succeeded by fostering a culture of collaboration, care, and respect. I can’t stress how fortunate we are to have such an experienced, dedicated, and compassionate person on our team.”

Kavros’ resume’ reads like a road map to success in professional administration.

Kavros began his administrative career with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, serving for 14 years as Chief Operating Officer in the Global Fixed Income and Economics Research Departments. Kavros also spent two years with the Ford Foundation in New York managing program grants and operations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Kavros was also Dean for Administration at Columbia Law School in New York for six years, followed by his appointment as Associate Academic Dean at Fordham University in New York at the Gabelli School of Business. Here, Kavros managed staff, budgets, and student and faculty issues. He also created a degree program coupling business and liberal arts; helped plan a faculty institute and social center for entrepreneurship; and designed and taught an honors seminar that placed American business in a cultural context.

Since moving to North Carolina in 2015, Kavros has immersed himself in serving the local community. He is president of The Friends of Orange County Public Library and serves on the board of the Orange County Historical Museum. Kavros also teaches English at Durham Technical Community College to promote literacy, career-readiness, and ethical awareness. He was also a volunteer fundraiser for Book Harvest, which gives books to underserved children for summer reading.

The author of a fixed-income dictionary, a book on Greek culture (Dandelions and Honey), and another on great books of western literature.

A native of New York, Kavros holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kavros and his wife, Peri, work a 22 acre homestead in Hillsborough, North Carolina.