Dear Worcester Prep Community,
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. John McDonald as our next Head of School beginning July 1, 2020. Dr. McDonald comes to Berlin from Ticonderoga, NY, where he most recently served as Superintendent of Ticonderoga Central School District.
After four finalists were brought to campus for interview sessions, Dr. McDonald received the Search Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Trustees who, in turn, unanimously voted for his appointment.
In selecting Dr. McDonald as our next Head of School, the Board of Trustees has chosen a leader with a lifelong passion for education and learning. He holds an undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, a master’s degree from Northeastern University, and a doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College in Educational Leadership. Dr. McDonald began his career at Bayside Academy, an independent school with over 700 students, teaching history and then as Middle School Head and Assistant Head of School. For the past 19 years, he has served as the Superintendent of an 800-student school district, managing a $20M budget.
The Trustees value his intelligence, experience, and ability to make connections with a broad range of community members. Dr. McDonald and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of two daughters. His oldest daughter attends the University of Delaware and his youngest will enroll in our Upper School next fall.
Thank you to all the members of the Worcester Prep community who contributed greatly to the search process. We appreciate the commitment of the Search Committee and the members of our school community for their dedication to the integrity of the search and feedback throughout the process.
Finally, we wish to thank Mike Grosso for his leadership as Acting Head of School during this transitional year.
We thank you for your support and ask you to join us in welcoming the McDonald family to our community.
Charles R. Jenkins, Sr.
President, Board of Trustees