Title: Retired Academic Administrator
Company: Swarthmore College
Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Maurice Gray Eldridge, Retired Academic Administrator at Swarthmore College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Higher Education.
Mr. Eldridge has known he wanted to be a teacher since graduating from college, and has been in the field since 1976. He is now retired from his role at Swarthmore College, and is particularly proud of dedicating 10 years to the Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington, where he served as principal and director and helped to shape much of the school’s identity. Mr. Eldridge is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the East. Upon his retirement, he was presented with a portrait from Swarthmore in his honor.
Born to Schuyler Thomas and Thelma Eldridge in Washington, Mr. Eldridge attended Swarthmore to earn a BA in 1962, and taught English and creative writing for three years at the Pennsbury High School in Fallsington, Pennsylvania. He went on to teach at the Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, Massachusetts, and entered administration as assistant headmaster there in 1967. Mr. Eldridge attended the University of Massachusetts to earn an MEd in 1976, and accepted a post as educational specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Education that year. He led the Duke Ellington school from 1979 to 1989 before joining Swarthmore.
In addition to his role with administration, Mr. Eldridge also led the International Network Schools of Arts, and co-founded the Chester School of Arts in 2005. He has been an independent arts consultant, and co-chair of the Chester-Swarthmore college Community Coalition, as well as chair of the Chester Fund Education and the Arts. Mr. Eldridge was honored with a 2007 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education, a 1982 Whitney M. Young Junior Memorial Award from the Washington DC Urban League, and was named an Educational Policy Fellow of the Institute for Educational Leadership in Boston from 1978 to 1979. He is the proud father of Maria Teresa and Jonathan Kenneth. In his spare time, Mr. Eldridge enjoys reading, gardening, tropical fish, music, and collecting stamps.
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