W. Gus LeBlanc, Headmaster Email: gleblanc@leeacademy.US
Mr. LeBlanc joined Lee Academy as the new Headmaster in 2013 and brings with him a wealth of education and experience. A native of Old Town, Maine, he is a well-respected career educator who has held leadership positions at Leavitt High School, Montello Elementary, and Lewiston High School, as well as Dexter Regional High School, during his thirty-plus years in education. Before becoming a Principal, his background included periods as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, a Guidance Counselor, classroom experience as a Social Studies teacher, an instructor for the Teacher Corps and an adjunct instructor at New Hampshire College. Gus, as he is known, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Maine. Not long after graduation, he began his graduate work at the University of Southern Maine, followed by professional work at the University of Nebraska and San Diego State University. He has coached football, basketball, baseball, and track, winning two State Championships in football while at Dexter Regional High School. He is married to Patricia “Patti” Gaetani LeBlanc, a retired English teacher, and they have two children, daughter Christina, who is an adjunct instructor for Central Maine Community College as well as the Digital Media and Distance Education Coordinator for Lee Academy, and son Nicholas, who is a pharmacist in the Portland area. Gus and Patti enjoy traveling, sailing, and spending time with family.
Harris “Butch” Arthers, Associate Headmaster/Director of STUDENT SERVICES
Associate Headmaster Harris “Butch” Arthers brings many years of educational experience to Lee Academy. A 1972 graduate of Mattanawcook Academy in nearby Lincoln, Mr. Arthers went on to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in mathematics and a Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Maine. His first teaching position brought him home to his alma mater, M.A., where he also coached wrestling, track, basketball and football. His next stop was Marshwood High School, where he taught mathematics and coached track, basketball, softball and football. Until he joined Lee Academy in 2010, Mr. Arthers held a variety of positions at Belfast Regional High School, including Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and Principal. He was the head football coach at Belfast for 16 seasons, where he successfully led the team to three State Championships in 1996, 1999, and 2003. In addition to his role as Associate Headmaster, Mr. Arthers serves as the Director of Student Services, where he oversees guidance, counseling, and testing functions, and he works with the Director of Residential Life. He and his wife Angela reside in Lincoln and are parents to three grown children (Tony, Nick, and Jake). Tony and Nick are married to Darci Hanson and Courtney Grimes respectively and are the grandparents to three boys (Landon, Maddox, and Canaan). Nick and Jake both excelled at baseball at Husson University. Tony is employed with NexxLinks in Orono, Nick is now a teacher and head football coach at Brewer High School, where Butch currently assists with the football team, and Jake has recently moved to South Carolina with his girlfriend Kayla Binnette. Butch and Angela spend their spare time golfing and boating in summer, and doing winter sports in the winter.
Ollie Faulkner, Dean of Post-Graduate Students/
Mr. Faulkner began his administrative career at Lee Academy in 2005. He lives in Springfield with wife Lynn and Michael, Matthew, and Cayden. The Faulkners’ daughter, Caitlin ’10, lives and works in Bangor. Mr. Faulkner taught mathematics for nineteen years at various schools in Maine, and has coached several sports, including basketball. Formerly, he was a Tech Prep liaison for community colleges around the state and served as an adjunct faculty member for both Eastern Maine Community College and Kennebec Valley Community College. As Dean of Post-Graduate Studies and Campus Operations, he coordinates all transportation, daily scheduling and operations, and works with local districts and other sending units to do so. He works closely with the Director of Maintenance to ensure campus care and preservation needs are handled, and with the Director of Dining Services. He is also the school’s liaison for special education services and workplace and campus safety. Along with coach and program director Igor Vrzina, he manages all facets of the Post-Graduate program. Mr. Faulkner graduated from Maine Central Institute, then the University of Maine, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In addition to his administrative roles here at L.A., he is also Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Safety Committee at Lee Academy, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Group Trust for Insurance, an organization that serves Lee Academy and nineteen other member institutions. He is past Director of the Eastern Maine Math Consortium for the State of Maine.
Randy Harris ’80, Athletic Director/Coach/
assistant residential life director
Mr. Harris graduated from Lee Academy in 1980 and went on to Husson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management, in addition to receiving his certification to teach Physical Education from the University of Maine. While a senior at Husson, he traveled to Lee each night to coach varsity basketball, beginning here as a full-time educator in 1985. He lives in Lee with his wife Patty, daughter Brooke ’08, and son AJ ’11. Mr. Harris particularly enjoys baseball, having played at Marietta College and at Husson, as well as in Florida in the minor leagues of professional baseball. He is an avid golfer, has coached L.A. baseball for many years, and he loves the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Mr. Harris serves as the Athletic Director and continues to coach Lee Academy boys’ varsity basketball. His 2011 team won the Class C State Championship. He also coached girls’ soccer for 13 years.
Mr. Hutchins has spent over forty years working in education and has a degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maine. He graduated in 1976 and began his teaching career in Brewer, Maine, as a middle school Science Teacher. He spent five years in Brewer before moving to Orono High School in Orono, Maine, for three years and then spent six years as a college football coach before returning to the classroom at Lewiston High School in 1990. He spent twenty-three years at Lewiston, serving as a biology teacher and science department head as well as an Assistant Principal. The last ten years he was the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment while working in Lewiston. He then moved on to be the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Maine. In 2015 he began his work at Lee Academy as the International Dean. He is currently the Headmaster and director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Lee Academy’s International School of Shanghai, China.
Holly Smart, Dean of Students/Assistant Principal
Holly is Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at LA, after serving for many years as a mathematics teacher and math team coach at Mattanawcook Academy. She is a 1990 graduate of Mattanawcook Academy. Holly holds a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Maine concentrating in Mathematics, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. In addition to coordinating discipline and attendance, she serves as math team coach and teaches mathematics. Holly, her husband Andrew, and daughter Delaney live in Lincoln with their two dogs. Along with working as an Administrator at LA, Holly is a Registered Maine Guide and she enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outside with family and friends.
Scott Murchison, Director of Food Services
Mr. Murchison has been the Director of Food Services at LA since 2013. Prior to that time, he worked extensively in the foods industry, beginning with many years in places along the east coast. He considers himself fortunate to have been mentored by several highly skilled chefs, particularly in the Wilmington, NC region where his own cooking and management styles evolved. He has also had the unique experience of catering for the motion picture industry, both on location and in studios, in the southern United States. After returning to the Portland, ME area several years ago, he and his wife, April, moved north to Lee, where he has roots; Mr. Murchison’s mother and father live in Lee and his mum, Janet, is a member of the LA Class of ‘63. While living in Lee, he was the chef at The Chocolate Grill, a popular Bangor-area restaurant. He then worked for several years, throughout eastern Maine, in outside sales and marketing for Sysco Foods Corporation. At Lee Academy, Mr. Murchison oversees a staff of nine, which often includes student interns. He plans, orders, and prepares/coordinates all meals for both the day and boarding school, and he is responsible for nutrition, campus catering, and overall management of the food services program.