Monadnock Center names board member

Last modified: 2/1/2016 6:43:06 PM
The Monadnock Center for History and Culture has announced the election of Jacqueline Smethurst of Francestown to its Board of Directors.

Smethurst is a nationally recognized thinker, speaker and leader in the field of education. She has consulted widely on matters of non-profit governance, planning and curriculum, and guided the successful establishment of independent and charter schools in California and Louisiana. For 10 years, she served as head of school at Northfield Mount Hermon, where she led a comprehensive redesign of the school’s educational program and enhanced its financial wellbeing. Before that she was a teacher and administrator at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. More recently she served as interim head of Sage Hill School and Pegasus School.

Together with her husband, David Drinkwater, Smethurst founded Wingspan Partnerships, a nonprofit dedicated to narrowing the education gap through partnerships between public and private schools. Wingspan has now collaborated to launch the National Network of Schools in Partnerships.

“With her background in governance, education and nonprofit development, Jacqueline brings a wealth of experience to her role as a director at the Monadnock Center,” said Michelle Stahl, the center’s Executive Director, “I am thrilled that she has agreed to share her knowledge and talents with us as we continue to grow as a regional museum and cultural center.”

Located in downtown Peterborough, The Monadnock Center for History and Culture presents a range of historical, cultural, and civic programming throughout the year. Visit to see the current program schedule and explore the center’s offerings.


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