Lauralton Appoints New Head of School

MARCH 23, 2023 – MILFORD, CT:  The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, Connecticut’s first independent Catholic college-preparatory school for girls, is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth (Beth) Coyne as the school’s next President & Head of School. Coyne’s appointment will become effective July 1, 2023. She will succeed Elizabeth Miller, who has served Lauralton since 2017.

Coyne joins Lauralton Hall from The Country School (TCS) in Madison, Connecticut, where she has worked for the past 21 years and where she currently serves as Assistant Head of School. During her tenure at TCS, she has served in multiple school leadership and educational positions giving her a broad range of experience.

“Beth garnered widespread enthusiasm from Lauralton community members during the interview process,” said Lauralton Board Chair Patrick Lagrange.  “We are especially delighted to have found such a highly qualified school Head who has local ties, including with current and past Lauralton families.”

A 30-year resident of Connecticut, Coyne said, “I am honored to lead the school into its next chapter and to champion a school community that has come together, for over 100 years, to imagine what is possible for the young women of Lauralton Hall.”

Coyne is active in St. Margaret Church in Madison where she has served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Teacher of CCD and confirmation classes.  Her other volunteer activities include serving as Chair of the Hartford Area Boarding Schools/Junior Schools Annual Conference Planning Committee and as a mentor in the International Teaching and Global Leadership Cohort at Johns Hopkins University.

Coyne is the daughter of Irish immigrants and the first in her family to go to college, underscoring her appreciation for the mission of Lauralton Hall, the Sisters of Mercy and the legacy of Catherine McAuley.  She grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, and she and her husband Brendan, have two children. 


About Lauralton Hall

Established in 1905 by the Sisters of Mercy, Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall educates girls in grades 9 – 12.  Lauralton Hall is the first independent Catholic college-preparatory school for girls in Connecticut.  Inspired by the Mercy Tradition, Lauralton Hall’s mission is to empower young women to pursue their highest potential through lifelong learning, compassionate service, and responsible leadership in a global society. 

Lauralton Hall is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Department of Education.  Lauralton Hall is a member of the Connecticut Association of Schools, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and Mercy Education System of the Americas.

Lauralton Hall is located at 200 High Street, Milford, CT. For more information, visit  

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