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Phillips Exeter Academy Principal to Depart at Year-End, Returning to UNH

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  The principal at a New Hampshire prep school who helped respond to allegations of sexual abuse against former staff and students is leaving at the end of the year.

In a letter sent to the school community on Friday, Phillips Exeter Academy Principal Lisa MacFarlane says she will be returning to the University of New Hampshire where she worked for 28 years before taking over at Exeter in 2015.

MacFarlane was hired in the midst of accusations of past sexual misconduct and the mishandling of those cases at the school.

In her letter, MacFarlane says Exeter was first to establish a director of student well-being and the school's work to serve current students and alumni survivors is a model for other institutions.

She is also credited with modernizing the campus.

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