About the Board of Governors

In accordance with best practices established by the National Association of Independent Schools, Newman's Board of Governors is charged with the governance of the School by defining and supporting its mission, determining its strategic direction, securing and protecting its financial resources, and hiring and overseeing the Head of School who manages the administration and operations of the institution. The Board is not involved in day-to-day operations of the School, leaving those matters to the Head of School and his Senior Leadership Team.

The current Board has 28 members and is composed of parents, local and non-local alumni, grandparents, and parents of alumni. The Board formally meets four times a year.

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  • Past Board Chairs

    Peter E. Sperling
    2017-2020
    Ann Thorpe Thompson
    2014-2017
    H. Merritt Lane III ’79
    2012-2014
    Tripp Friedler ’78
    2010-2012
    Irving J. Warshauer ’68
    2007-2010
    Rick S. Rees
    2004-2007
    Susan Phillips Good
    2002-2004
    Darryl D. Berger, Sr. ’65
    2000-2002
    Harry J. Blumenthal ’63
    1998-2000
    Philip de Villiers Claverie
    1995-1998
    James M. Lapeyre ’71
    1992-1995
    Alan H. Philipson ’56
    1989-1992
    David L. Stone* ’57
    1986-1992
    Herman S. Kohlmeyer, Jr. ’49
    1983-1986
    Stephen B. Lemann*
    1980-1983
    Sydney J. Besthoff ’45
    1977-1980
    Frank Friedler* ’51
    1974-1977
    Warren G. Moses* ’34
    1970-1973
    Moise W. Dennery* ’31
    1966-1969
    Louis G. Lemle*
    1951-1965
    Justin V. Wolff* ’15
    1946-1950

    *Deceased
Kenneth H. Beer ’75, Chair
Stephen L. Philipson ’97, Vice Chair
Vanessa Brown Claiborne, Treasurer

Michael Anthony Walker ’97, Secretary

Cherrie Barthelemy
Helen Nalty Butcher
Aleicia J. Donald
G. Perry Eastman IV ’90 
Stephen M. Farnsworth ’93
Calvin C. Fayard, Jr.
Ashley Francis
Catherine G. Freeman 
Michael Goldman
Jeffrey Goldring ’85
Susan Phillips Good
G. Bradley Gottsegen ’85
Tarun Jolly
Gordon H. Kolb, Sr.
Sherry Marcus Leventhal ’70
John K. Saer, Jr. ’75
Peter E. Sperling
Harvey M. Stone ’62
David Sylvester ’74 
Shontell N. Thomas ’97
Ann Thorpe Thompson ’74
Benjamin Bradley Tiller
Michelle B. Villere
David Weill ’82 
1903 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: 504.899.5641
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Open 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
An independent,
co-educational,
non-denominational day
school in New Orleans for
early childhood through 12th grade