Board of Trustees

Mary Frances "Fran" Bisselle

Head of School
Hathaway Brown School

Dr. Mary Frances "Fran" Bisselle is the Head of Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Dr. Bisselle holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College; an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in History from Wesleyan University; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from the University of Vermont. She served for nine years as Head of School at Maple Street School, a K-8 independent school in Manchester Center, Vermont. Maple Street was established by best-selling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Irving and his wife, Janet. Bisselle took the reins at Maple Street from the school’s founding director and she ushered the school through an economic downturn and saw enrollment increase by 20 percent during her tenure.


A graduate of the esteemed Klingenstein Head Fellowship program at Columbia Teacher’s College, Bisselle serves on several high-profile boards of trustees, including as a New England Association of Schools and Colleges commissioned board member, President of the Vermont Independent School Association, Vice President of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools, and as a trustee for the National Association of Independent Schools—which provides services and oversight for more than 1,800 schools in the United States.  Her career has included positions as a classroom teacher, dean of students, coach, dorm parent, educational consultant, and teaching fellow. She has been a member of the faculty and administration at The Taft School in Connecticut, and she developed and redesigned the curriculum for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree at the University of Vermont. She also spearheaded the project to establish the all-girls Camp Dudley at Kiniya, an overnight camp in the Adirondacks affiliated with the 130-year-old all-boys YMCA Camp Dudley.