During his 10 years at University Liggett School, Dr. Healey transformed the school’s curriculum, unified two campuses, began an ambitious athletic construction effort, launched an all-school strings program and expanded the school’s regional footprint with the creation of the prestigious Liggett Merit Scholars program.
“These 10 years have been among the most rewarding of my long career in education, 25 years of which have been devoted to the independent school world,” Dr. Healey says. “I have a sense of satisfaction and a hope that all that has been accomplished will endure and continue as a legacy to the school.”
During his time at Liggett, Dr. Healey wrote the defining thesis of his educational career, “A Curriculum for Understanding,” which begins with the fundamental idea that students learn from experience. The paper led to the implementation of Liggett’s progressive Curriculum for Understanding, the school’s guiding philosophy that allows students to drive their own academic growth.
Among Dr. Healey’s other achievements is the creation of the Liggett Merit Scholars program, which each year attracts metro Detroit’s best and brightest ninth-grade students to Liggett. Former Liggett Merit Scholars have gone on to earn Rhodes, Fulbright and other prestigious scholarships. Dr. Healey’s creation of The Liggett Merit Scholars program helped the school to evolve into a regional institution that attracts students from more than 50 ZIP codes and several foreign countries.
During his time at Liggett, Dr. Healey also increased and stabilized enrollment, brought together two separate campuses and elevated the athletics program to one that continues to win state and division championships. He developed an all-school strings program which begins with instruction in third grade.
He also launched the school’s Sure Foundations campaign, a $50 million fundraising effort that helps to support important school initiatives including the Liggett Merit Scholars program and the construction of the state-of-the-art John A. and Marlene L. Boll Campus Center, which will break ground later this year. The Boll Campus Center follows the completion of the school’s state-of-the-art athletic fields, one of the country’s largest high school turf fields projects.