MILFORD >> The Lauralton Hall board of trustees has appointed Elizabeth Miller, who recently returned from a year in Dubai, as the next president and head of the college-prep, all girls’ school at 200 High St.

Miller succeeds Antoinette Iadarola, who will retire at the end of the academic year in June.

Founded in 1905 by the Sisters of Mercy, Lauralton Hall is an independent Catholic college-prep school for young women.

The board was impressed with Miller’s accomplishments as a leader in independent education, according to a press release.

In Dubai, she opened the GEMS Nations Academy. Prior to that, she was head of school at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, an independent, Catholic preK-12 school in St. Louis, with an all-girls upper school.

“The Search Committee reviewed a strong field of candidates for this position and we are delighted to have selected an outstanding individual to lead Lauralton Hall into its next phase of educating young women in the Mercy Tradition,” said board Chairwoman Trudy A. Dickneider.

The Mercy Tradition mission is to empower young women to pursue their highest potential through lifelong learning, compassionate service, and responsible leadership in a global society.

Miller’s career began at Pace Academy in Atlanta, where she taught history, public speaking, and journalism. She entered administration while at Pace and was recognized with four national independent school education awards. Other positions include Upper School head at Hutchison School, an all girls’ independent school in Memphis, where she was chosen as the state’s Administrator of the Year by the Tennessee Scholastic Press Association.

“Lauralton Hall is a welcome home for me,” said Miller. “It is a place of familiar values and traditions, a rigorous school consonant with my educational philosophy, a community rich in generations of scholarly young women.”

Miller graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University, with a B.A. in journalism, with minors in French and economics management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Asian studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Lauralton has more than 460 students from 40 Connecticut towns.

For more information, visit www.lauraltonhall.org.