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Trustees of the Phillips Academy have selected Barbara Landis Chase as the new head of the Andover, Mass., private school.

Ms. Chase will be the first woman to lead the school in its 216-year history.

She will succeed Donald W. McNemar, who is retiring after nearly 13 years as headmaster.

In July, Ms. Chase will become head of school, a new title adopted by the school's board of trustees in October.

Ms. Chase has been the head of the Bryn Mawr School, a private girls' school in Baltimore, since 1980.

In a statement announcing Ms. Chase's selection, David M. Underwood, the president of the school's board, said: "As a residential school, we are particularly pleased to find in Barbara Chase a talented and nationally acclaimed educator who in count less ways has demonstrated her strong leadership and ability to relate to, and positively affect, the lives of students.''

Ms. Chase has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Schools since 1989.

Phillips Academy was founded as an independent school for boys in 1778. In 1973, it merged with the Abbot Academy, a boarding school for girls founded in 1828.

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