February 7, 2018
Dear McDonogh Community,
In February 2017, Charlie Britton announced his plans to retire as Headmaster of McDonogh School at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Last summer, out of his abundance of love for the School and our community, Charlie agreed to stay for an additional year so the Board of Trustees could extend its Head of School search to secure the best possible candidate. A few weeks ago, we announced the appointment of David J. Farace '87 as McDonogh's 13th Head of School effective July 1, 2019.
Today, I write to let you know that we have come full circle. Dave's obligations have changed, which permit him to come to McDonogh a year early on July 1, 2018, and allow us to honor Charlie's original timeline. On behalf of the Board, I cannot begin to thank Charlie and Jen Britton enough for their devotion to the School and their flexibility during this process.
As I shared in the January announcement, Dave has shown incredible wisdom and leadership as Head of The Bolles School in Florida. And like Charlie, he is a person of the highest integrity who is deeply committed to taking care of young people and providing them with the best possible educational experience.
Once school begins in the fall, there will be many opportunities for you to meet Dave, his wife, Becky, and their children, Wyatt, 17, Campbell, 16, and Bodin, 15. Dave will also be on campus this spring for Reunion Weekend.
In the coming months, Charlie will work closely with Dave to ensure a smooth transition. There will also be occasions for our community to celebrate Charlie's tremendous contributions to the School and to wish him, Jen, and their children, Trevor '12 and Annie '15 the very best.
Please join me in thanking Charlie for his 11 years of exceptional leadership and welcoming Dave as our next Head of School.
January 11, 2018
Dear McDonogh Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of David J. Farace '87 as the 13th Head of McDonogh School effective July 1, 2019. The Board's unanimous decision to select Dave follows an enthusiastic recommendation by the Head of School Search Committee.
Since its founding in 1873, McDonogh has been fortunate to have remarkable leaders who have shown incredible wisdom, integrity, foresight, and a deep commitment to providing young people with the best possible education. We believe that Dave Farace, like Charlie Britton and his predecessors, possesses all of these essential qualities. Furthermore, as a former employee, past parent, and alumnus who attended McDonogh as a scholarship student, Dave knows our culture, fully embodies our mission, and shares our vision for the future.
Dave has dedicated his entire career to independent schools. He is currently Head of School at The Bolles School, a highly regarded coeducational PK–12 day and boarding institution in Florida that enrolls 1,600 students. Prior to joining Bolles in 2015, Dave served as Head of School at Montgomery Academy in Alabama for five years. His professional life started right here at McDonogh where, over the course of more than a decade, he held various positions including Director of Upper School Admissions, Director of Alumni Relations, and Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. He also directed the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Leadership Program, taught and coached in the Middle and Upper Schools, and he and his wife, Becky, served as campus parents to our boarders.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is also an NAIS/E.E. Ford Fellow, which is granted to individuals who successfully complete this distinguished leadership development program for independent school leaders.
As Dave will tell you, McDonogh is home to him, and he is thrilled to be returning to his alma mater. He describes this new role as a dream come true, and he is looking forward to partnering with the Board of Trustees, working with our outstanding faculty and staff, getting to know our current students and parents, and connecting with alumni and other members of our extended school family.
We are so happy to welcome Dave, his wife, Becky, and the Farace children, Wyatt, 17, Campbell, 16, and Bodin, 15, back to McDonogh. Becky, who holds degrees from University of Richmond and Johns Hopkins University and formerly taught second grade at McDonogh, is just as eager as Dave to return to campus and become involved in school life.
The Board of Trustees has every confidence that Dave Farace is the ideal person to lead McDonogh into the future. Please join us in celebrating his appointment and embracing the Farace family with open arms and hearts.