Harris “Butch” Arthers, HEAD OF SCHOOL
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.
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.
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.