I wanted to say congratulation to Mark Reed, the Assistant Headmaster at the St. John’s School. Mark will become the next Headmaster at the Charlotte Country Day School in North Carolina. I met Mark a number of years ago while working on a project involving independent schools. He has been nothing but a positive influence on me and my future aspirations. Read more about Reed below (from the webpage of the CCDS):
“We are delighted that Mark has accepted our invitation to lead Country Day as we continue to offer our children the best possible educational and growth experiences,” said Watts Hamrick, chair of the search committee. “When Margaret Gragg announced her June 30, 2009 retirement plans after 33 years of service, including 17 as an extraordinarily successful head, we knew the transition to a new head of school would be one of the most important events in the life of the school. We believe that Mark has the right experiences and perspectives, the proven professional commitment and leadership, and the personal qualities to serve and to lead Charlotte Country Day School exceptionally well.”
Reed currently serves in his fourth year as Assistant Headmaster at St. John’s School, a K–12 coed day school of 1,200 students. St. John’s has been his professional home for more than 19 years, engaging him in the roles of teacher, coach, Dean of Students, and interim Director of Advancement before naming him Assistant Headmaster. His leadership experience includes the areas of faculty and administration recruitment, hiring, and mentoring; K–12 parent education; oversight of student discipline policies and procedures, student activities, and honor code enforcement; diversity initiatives; long-range planning; oversight of a $45 million capital campaign, enhanced alumni giving programs, and gift research and solicitation; participation on Board of Trustees’ committees; and directing support programs for Katrina relief victims entering St. John’s.
A native of Montana, Reed received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in educational administration/independent school leadership from Columbia University. In addition to his work at St. John’s, he currently serves as a trustee of a 35-year-old college preparatory school serving economically disadvantaged youth in the greater Houston area and is a member of a coalition supporting area nonprofit fine and performing arts organizations.
“Margaret Gragg has had a tremendous impact on Charlotte Country Day School, and on the lives of hundreds of students under her tenure,” said Hamrick. “We are deeply grateful and appreciative of her remarkable leadership, innumerable achievements, and enormous dedication to our school.”