Fryeburg Academy and the Board of Trustees announce the installation of Joseph R. Manning as the Academy’s 55th head of school. The Installation Ceremony was held on Friday, November 3, 2023, with members of the Fryeburg Academy community, the Board of Trustees, and former head of school Erin P. Mayo in attendance as a guest speaker. Manning steps into this new leadership role during the school’s 232nd year, following a long-tenured and successful career at the Academy spanning twenty years of service.
“I am deeply honored to serve as the 55th head of school at Fryeburg Academy. I thank the Board of
Trustees for giving me this opportunity, and thank my 54 predecessors for leading this 231-year-old institution to where we are today. As many of you in the audience have heard me say before, Maria and I first arrived in Fryeburg twenty years ago, and the growth of the Academy in that short period has been remarkable. But there have been many remarkable moments in the Academy’s history…
Inveniam viam aut faciam. Latin for: ’I shall find a way or make one.’
A lifelong motto of one of Fryeburg’s most famous residents, Admiral Robert Perry, who led the first expedition to reach the North Pole in 1909. Inveniam viam aut faciam is etched into his gravestone in Arlington cemetery. Over my 20 years at the Academy, I believe this expression guides many of my colleagues and board members and was certainly a guiding principle for many of our predecessors…
So, as we go forward into this 55th administration of Fryeburg Academy, we must continue to carry out our mission: to serve our students, the local and global community, and the future by providing diverse learning opportunities, fostering achievement and inclusivity, and cultivating responsible citizenship.
To do this, we must rely heavily on our core values: Respect, Diversity, Community, Challenge, Support, and Growth. And, although we may have yet to determine precisely what opportunities or challenges will come our way, we know that we are charged to carry on the legacy of those who came before us. As we carry out this legacy, I am sure we will plant trees, build foundations, and maybe replace a few more windows…
We will have the courage to reach out for the things we cannot see. We will be a part of the history of continuous growth of Fryeburg Academy and this beautiful campus. But most importantly, like our predecessors, we will serve and build up the students who attend the Academy during our time here. We will help them grow not just in skill and knowledge but as humans.
Inveniam viam aut faciam.
Together, we will find a way or make one. I am grateful for this community and for your support.”