ROCKLAND – Penobscot School’s co-founder Julia Schulz is serving as interim chief executive during a search for a new president.
Nineteen years ago, Schulz and Joseph Steinberger founded the nonprofit center for language learning and international exchange. She also served as president until 2001. Earlier this month, President David Clough announced he was leaving.
Board Chairman Charlie Graham said Schulz has agreed to serve for up to six months, which should give trustees the time to find a new leader.
“We very much regret losing David after all of the good work he put in during a very challenging period for the school,” he said. “Nevertheless, we feel that Julia’s experience and her position in Rockland and the foreign language teaching community allows for a smooth transitional period and continuation of the school’s programs without disruption to our student body.”
During this transition, Penobscot School will put on hold its consideration of the recently announced option to purchase the old Baptist church building at 500 Main St. in Rockland, Graham said.