Mark Reed of St. John’s

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.”


6 thoughts on “Mark Reed of St. John’s

  1. Not intending to highjack your post, Ed, but, the man to the left is Orpheus Crutchfield. He’s a friend of mine. Good man. He runs an organization called, Strategenius. It’s a placement firm working to place people of color in independent schools.

    • I don’t understand what it means to “PLACE” people of color in Independent Schools. You have enough control over the public schools and look what a great job people with your same intentions have done with them. Now, you want to get your hands on private, independent schools, too?
      Most non-religious independent schools allow anyone who wants to apply to do so. If a candidate scores highly enough to get in and cannot afford the tuition, that person is almost always able to take advantage of tuition assistance by the school. If you want to find the schools who cannot afford to provide tuition assistance, and you want to add to or create a fund so that economically disadvantaged students can still attend the school that they EARNED a spot into, then go for it. But for this Stregenuis organization to use the same affirmative action hard-ball tactics in changing student-body requirements in independent schools, where most people run to to get away from the failing public schools, then it is obvious that your goal is to remove this viable option for students by turning independent schools into mirror images of public schools, thereby rendering the independent schools unnecessary. Leave people alone. Allow people of all color to rise to the occassion and compete. Everyone is lifted up when you encourage people to stop using color or ethnicity as a crutch. I find it interesting that Barack Obama, his wife, Eric Holder, Condoleeza Rice, Oprah, and millions of others have all managed to get through this horrible, “white privilege” country. Amazingly, they all say they worked their butts off, and then made it. If things were and are so horrible, why did they succeed? You know the answer. The problem with Orpheus and his ilk is that they have and have always had low self esteem about their color. He is the one who assumes oppression and barriers and hates his own color, otherwise he would be encouraging everyone, regardless of his/her outward appearance to work their hardest. Hard work pays off almost every time it’s tried. In the rare cases that there are true physical or mental barriers, there are hundreds of tax-payer funded programs. Outside of that, please allow people to maintain high standards in education and work without lowering them to accoommodate a color. It’s outrageous and insulting.

  2. Hi All-

    Yes, I (obviously) know Mark, also and wish him the best of luck in his new leadership role.

    Hello Ed, I do not think we have met, but I sure hope we can sometime.

    As for “gopdina”- obviously speaking without knowing. Anytime anyone wants to talk about what I do, how I do it, and why, please contact me directly instead of talking about me- especially if you do not have any facts. I welcome it- look me up by my name on google: orpheus crutchfield. I’m sorry to also hijack this post, but I could not go reading erroneous mis and dis-information about myself and not respond.

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