Welcome Head of School Dave Farace

The McDonogh Family warmly welcomes the 13th Head of School David J. Farace '87. As a former employee, past parent, and alumnus who attended McDonogh as a scholarship student, Farace knows McDonogh’s culture, fully embodies its mission, and shares the vision for the future. He joins McDonogh’s previous leaders who have each shown incredible wisdom, integrity, foresight, and a deep commitment to providing young people with the best possible education.

Farace has dedicated his entire career to independent schools, most recently serving as the Head of School at The Bolles School, a coeducational PK–12 day and boarding institution in Florida. Prior to joining Bolles in 2015, he served as Head of School at Montgomery Academy in Alabama for five years. His professional life started 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 boarding students.

He 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. Farace is also a NAIS/E.E. Ford Fellow, which is granted to individuals who successfully complete this distinguished leadership development program for independent school leaders.

Farace says he is thrilled to return to his alma mater with his wife and children (Wyatt, Campbell, and Bodin) and describes his new role as a dream come true.

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