Berwick Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of its 54th Head of School, James A. Hamilton, effective July 1, 2018. James comes to Berwick with over 20 years of experience in independent school education. Most recently, he is serving as the Associate Head for External Affairs at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Jim has an extensive background in independent school leadership. A graduate of The Roxbury Latin School, Jim credits his independent school experience with transforming his life. He has dedicated his professional career to creating opportunities for students and the advancement of independent schools. Jim began his career at Brooks School as an admissions officer, dorm parent, and coach. He then served as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at St. George’s School for nine years before returning to Brooks as the Associate Head for External Affairs, a position he has held for the past five years. In that time, Brooks has planned and executed the $60 million Campaign for Brooks – the largest fundraising initiative in the School’s history. Brooks also has undergone a successful rebranding effort under Jim's leadership, and he has led the School’s strategic initiative to increase financial aid for students by 33%. Well known in the independent school community, Jim serves as an instructor at the Admissions Training Institute for The Enrollment Management Association and has been an instructor and mentor for Independent School Management’s Advancement Academy.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Amherst College and holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. He has extensive governance experience as a trustee, presently serving on the boards of both Shore Country Day School and The Roxbury Latin School.
In a letter to the Berwick community, the President of the Board of Trustees, Jim Jalbert, and search committee chair, Paula Reid, indicated “Students have always been central to Jim’s work in schools. His experiences as a classroom teacher, coach, advisor, and dorm parent have instilled an understanding that positive relationships are essential to meaningful education. Through the search process he articulated his belief in a thoughtful balance between pursuing innovation in the classroom and honoring the traditions of independent schools. This perspective parallels Berwick’s emphasis on both its significant history and its forward-thinking curricular goals.”
“The vision for Berwick is aspirational and clearly developed by a forward-thinking, dedicated and talented faculty, and I am fortunate to be following Greg Schneider’s ten plus years of visionary leadership; it’s clear that the school is well-positioned for success in the next chapter of its rich history.” says Hamilton. “From the joys of learning through discovery in the Lower School, to the cross-disciplinary projects explored in the Middle School, to the authentic love of learning fostered in the Upper School's engaging course offerings, the academic environment gives me great confidence that Berwick Academy will continue to innovate while delivering on its mission of ‘promoting virtue and useful knowledge.’”
This is an exciting time in Berwick Academy’s long history, and the school is incredibly fortunate to have Jim on board to lead the community through the next phase of its evolution.
Jim, his wife Lucy, and their three children will move to campus next summer.