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Cannon School Appoints Next Head

Christopher Jones PHotoOctober, 2018Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina, has announced that Christopher Jones will be the next Head of School. Currently Associate Director of Schools, Director of Finance and Operations, and Interim Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Christopher is responsible for the overall administrative operations of Lab, including the budget and strategic planning; and he recently completed a $200 million renovation and expansion of the campus. Christopher received an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2002 and an M.B.A. from University’s Booth School of Business in 2017. He is a ten-year member of the International Association of School Business Officers and sits on the University of Chicago’s Emergency Management and Council and Employee Benefits Committee.

Founded in 1969, Cannon School has quickly become a leader in JrK-12 education in Charlotte and the Southeast region. Serving over 1,000 students from Concord and the surrounding communities, Cannon offers a rigorous but balanced education that prepares students to meet the challenges of a dynamic and unpredictable future.

The Agnes Irwin School Names Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach

Megan McHughAugust, 2018The Agnes Irwin School has appointed Megan McHugh to be the school’s Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach. Megan comes to Agnes Irwin from Holy Child at Rosemont, where she was Director of Admission. Previously, she served for six years as the Parents’ Liaison at Holy Child as a member of the Advancement Office. Megan holds a B.A. in journalism from Temple University.

Founded by Miss Agnes Irwin, the first Dean of Radcliffe College and the great‐great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, The Agnes Irwin School (AIS) has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of girls and young women since 1869. Serving 606 girls in Pre‐Kindergarten through 12th grade, AIS is an independent day school offering a lively and stimulating environment in which to work and learn.



Davidson Academy Appoints Head of School

Joseph BradleyApril, 2018Joseph Bradley has been appointed Head of School at Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently, Mr. Bradley served as President and CEO of Phoenix Christian in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, he was Head of School at Dominian Christian Schools in Marietta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Colorado and an M.Ed. in Leadership of Educational Organizations from American Intercontinental University.

Founded in 1980 as Madison Christian School, Davidson Academy has grown over the past three and a half decades to serve more than 730 students in grades PK-12. Guided by its commitment to providing a Christ-centered education for students throughout the Nashville area, the interdenominational school’s mission and purpose are best captured in its motto: preparing students for college, life, and eternity.

The John Thomas Dye School Appoints Director of Advancement

kate merrittApril, 2018The John Thomas Dye School has named Kate Merritt as its next Director of Advancement. Since 2014, Ms. Merritt has served as Associate Director of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously she held a number of positions at Cate School in Carpinteria, California, including Parent Fund and Events Manager and Research and Special Projects Assistant. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Wakeforest University.

Founded in 1929 and ranking among the nation’s premier independent elementary schools, The John Thomas Dye School provides 336 students in grades K-6 an educational experience that is both traditional and dynamic. Situated atop a wooded canyon on a charming 10-acre campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, JTD has offered generations of young people an idyllic environment for learning.