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Posted April 24, 2004

Dr. Fitzhugh to Lead King George School

Media Contact:
Julia Andrick
208-265-0607, Ext. 130/office

(April 21, 2004) Sutton, VT – Karen E. Fitzhugh, Ph.D. has been appointed the head of school for King George School, an emotional growth boarding school located in Sutton, Vermont.

“Karen’s extensive experience as an administrator and supervisor, combined with her clinical background made her the ideal candidate to run King George School. When we learned that she was a professional ballet dancer and an accomplished vocalist, we knew that we wanted her to run King George School which uses visual and performing arts as a vehicle for personal expression and creativity,” explained Dr. George Condas, vice president of California and Vermont operations for CEDU Education.

“Our youth today and their families face enormous challenges,” Fitzhugh said. “I’m truly excited to be joining this company and becoming a part of the important work they do. I look forward to relocating to Vermont in May.”

Most recently, Fitzhugh was the executive director of Girls Haven, Inc. in Beaumont, Texas, where she designed and founded The Ehrhart School of Fine Arts and Athletics, a Texas Charter School. Fitzhugh has spent many years in both clinical and administrative roles in the behavioral healthcare field, including hospital administrator, regional director and vice president for charter hospitals, mental health management and day treatment. Additionally, she has a lengthy career as a mental health advocate, and has served at both the state and national level in advocacy movements for funding for services for the mentally ill.

Nationally recognized as a trainer and speaker on issues related to clinical treatment models, strategic planning, and adolescent underachievement. Fitzhugh holds a doctorate in educational psychology/ special education from the University of California, Riverside, a M.A. in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside.

The King George School works with high school aged students who are bright and creative but are having difficulty fitting in at school and with peers and are struggling within their family. At King George School, students learn to tap their creativity, identify their inner passions, and become life-long learners who honor and value the human experience. More information is available at

About CEDU Education
CEDU Education’s boarding schools, therapeutic wilderness program, and transitional living program in California, Idaho, and Vermont accommodate the diverse needs of families searching for solutions for a child struggling academically, behaviorally, and/or emotionally. Founded in 1967, the company has a 37-year history of helping families in crisis. More information is available at

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