I am writing today to announce that David Lourie has informed the Board of Trustees that he has accepted the role of Head of School at the Collegiate School in New York City beginning in July 2020.
David has been an outstanding and visionary leader during his 13 years as the Head of School at St. Anne's-Belfield. During his tenure, the School has achieved record enrollment and has been recognized as a leading independent school in the state and region. With the Centennial and Raise We Our Voices capital campaigns, our community raised the funds necessary to invest in innovative programs, to completely transform the facilities on both of our campuses, to expand student access, and to build an endowment for the future.
David has inspired us by never shying away from challenges and aspiring to make St. Anne's-Belfield School a nationally recognized institution. He presided over the implementation of two strategic plans, most recently in 2017, providing us with a shared vision for the future. David and our outstanding faculty have worked together to create challenging programs and curricula that engage our students and, as the Strategic Plan describes, "prepare our students for the opportunities and uncertainties of the future."
We have an exceptional faculty and staff who have an unwavering commitment to our students. Our location in Charlottesville, next to one of the nation's leading public universities, will be attractive to many candidates. As a community, we have every reason to be excited and optimistic about the future of our School.
The Board of Trustees will begin the search for a new Head of School immediately. We will keep you informed of our progress over the course of the summer.
In this coming year, we look forward to celebrating the Lourie family for the indelible mark they have made on our School and in our community. We also look forward to an exciting new chapter in St. Anne's-Belfield's 110-year history in which we will experience new leadership and new opportunity for continued growth and development.
Have a wonderful summer.
Frank Edmonds Jr.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
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Letter from the Head of School
I write today to share the news that I have informed the Board of Trustees the 2019 - 2020 school year, my 14th at St. Anne's-Belfield School, will be my final one as your Head of School. I have accepted the position as Head of the Collegiate School in New York City, a K - 12 boys' school. My tenure there will begin on July 1, 2020. This headship is a unique professional and personal opportunity, and comes at what I believe to be a healthy transition point both for the Louries and for St. Anne's-Belfield.
Over the past several days, I found inspiration in the first goal of our Strategic Plan: "to encourage and reward risk-taking." I decided to walk that walk and embrace the excitement of determining that this is the right time to make a change at this point in my career. Collegiate presents a remarkable opportunity to work at an exceptional school, one that is a leader in single-gender education, and to live in New York City. Just as when I first visited St. Anne's-Belfield in 2005, I was compelled by Collegiate's core beliefs, rich history, welcoming community, outstanding programs, and bold aspirations for its future.
I made this decision confident that St. Anne's-Belfield will benefit from new leadership at this moment in its own rich history. Change is healthy and necessary, for a person and for an institution. With the recent completion of the Strategic Plan, there exists a roadmap for the years ahead and a bold vision for the School. Concrete action steps are currently being considered to turn this vision into reality, making this an ideal time to welcome a new Head of School.
I close by sharing with you my deepest gratitude, both as Head of School and as a School parent, for all that St. Anne's-Belfield has brought to me and our family. I am so thankful to everyone — the Board (and especially the four Chairs whom I have worked so closely with over these 13 years), the faculty, the students, the parents, and the alumni — for your support, encouragement, and inspiration. I am fortunate to have another year with you as Head, and then another as the parent of a senior, as Becca wants to graduate with her class in 2021. It has been a privilege and an honor to be part of St. Anne's-Belfield School, and, when the time does come to say goodbye, the memories of these special days will ever with me stay.
With deepest appreciation and best wishes,