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Date:        April 2, 2018

 

WPS Announces New Head of School Randal Brown to Start July 1

 

Berlin, MD – After an extensive search process, the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Board of Trustees has announced Randal Brown as its new Head of School effective July 1, following the retirement of Headmaster Dr. Barry W. Tull.  Last June, Tull announced he would retire at the conclusion of the 2018 school year. Tull has served WPS since it was founded 48 years ago, including the last 33 years as Headmaster. Brown will be the school’s third Head of School in WPS history. Brown's successful leadership, commitment to excellence, and focus on relationship building, will all benefit WPS in the years to come. To ensure a smooth transition, Tull and Brown have been meeting and will continue to meet in the coming weeks to discuss ongoing and future school matters.

“Barry's departure will be the culmination of an exemplary career that spans 48 years at Worcester Prep and over 50 years in education. Barry has done an extraordinary job of leading our school for the past 33 years and has set a high bar for his successor. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Barry for his decades of service and express our gratitude for all he has done for the school,” Board of Trustees Chairman Charles Jenkins said. “In many respects, Barry has set the moral and visionary compass that has made Worcester Preparatory School the premier independent school in our region.” 

Brown comes to WPS as a seasoned school leader with over 25 years of professional experience in independent schools. He has spent the last decade in senior administration roles, including five years as the Head of School in a small urban setting similar to that of WPS. Brown brings an understanding of WPS values and programs, with a keen eye on the vision for the future.

Brown is currently the Associate Head of School for Advancement at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va., and previously was the Head of School at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas. Brown earned a Bachelor's degree from Rhodes College, and a Masters of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army National Guard, where he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for distinguished service during the Iraq Campaign. Brown and his wife Kristen, a dedicated NICU nurse, have a son Collin, a sophomore at Texas A&M University-Maritime Academy, and two daughters, Amelia, a junior, and Mary Esten a freshman, both at Christchurch School. 

An educator at heart, Brown has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, and spent time advancing his craft as a history teacher at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans where he became passionate about teaching students how to write. Working at nationally recognized schools has provided Brown an opportunity to gain an understanding of successful college prep curricula, and how best to innovate current programs to support students' long-term success. He looks forward to bringing that experience to Worcester Prep.  "I am excited about joining the WPS community and all that it has to offer. During my visit to campus, I met with truly extraordinary faculty, staff, students and parents. I was impressed with the facilities and the palpable enthusiasm everyone has for the school and its mission. I look forward to meeting everyone, listening to the community, and being a part of the WPS family,” Brown said.

“It is an honor to follow such an extraordinary, long serving and capable head as Dr. Barry Tull. Working with you all, I look forward to building on his many successes,” Brown said. “After reflecting on my visit to your beautiful campus, and my many great meetings, I realized how fortunate I would be to join such a vibrant and talented school community. Kristen and I were both so impressed with everyone we met. The faculty, staff, students, parents and board members all showed such a passion for the school, and have clearly accomplished so much.”

“After working with Randal the past few months, I have been so impressed with his extensive knowledge and background that he will bring to Worcester Preparatory School.  Given his insightful vision and strong leadership skills, I envision a bright future for the WPS community,” said Headmaster Dr. Barry Tull.   In summing up his 48 years at WPS, Tull added, “I have been so fortunate to have been part of this vibrant, dynamic and energetic community since its founding in 1970.  The enthusiasm everyone has for our school's mission and core values has helped WPS make enormous progress in the breadth and quality of education we offer our students. Our Advanced Placement program has become a hallmark of our rigorous academic course of study as our emphasis on character development has promoted the values that will serve our students well throughout their lives. It is difficult to imagine my life without the daily joy and privilege of teaching young people, standing on the sidelines, applauding student productions and watching the amazing intellectual, physical, artistic and personal growth of WPS students as scholars, athletes, artists and citizens. Since my earliest days as Headmaster, I have sought to fulfill a job description provided to me by a Kindergarten student. When asked by her teacher what the Headmaster's job was, the girl raised her hand and answered with the profound wisdom only a child can impart: 'He takes care of the school.’ During the past three decades, it has been my joy to aspire to this responsibility.”

Founded in 1970, WPS is an independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland.  More than 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.


Dear Members of the Worcester Preparatory School Community,

I am pleased to announce the new Head of School at Worcester Preparatory School, commencing July 2018. After an extensive and rewarding national search, the Search Committee recommended, and the Board of Trustees approved, the appointment of Randal E. Brown as the third Head of WPS. Randal will follow longtime Head Dr. Barry Tull, who will retire in June after 48 years of exceptional and dedicated service to our community.

As President of the Board of Trustees for 48 years, I would like to personally thank the Search Committee for working diligently to find a leader like Randal who possesses the necessary skills and vision to guide WPS into the future. I appreciate the time, intentionality, and strategic thinking provided by each and every member of the Search Committee, and value the support offered by the WPS community as we made this significant decision. Randal's broad and deep experience with independent schools similar to WPS, his successful admissions and marketing campaigns, and his ability to apply best practices to our academic programs, combined with his respect for the traditions in place at WPS, made him stand out as the type of leader WPS needs at this time in its history.

The Search Committee said, "Randal has experience at all levels of K-12 school leadership, both as a teacher and as a high-level administrator. His career is highlighted by huge successes in the areas of enrollment management, fundraising, strategic planning and academic excellence. We are lucky he will be joining our community and bringing his expertise to move us forward."

Randal comes to WPS as a seasoned school leader with over 25 years of professional experience in independent schools. He has spent the last decade in senior administration roles, including five years as the head of school in a small urban setting similar to that of WPS. Randal brings an understanding of our values and programs, with a keen eye on the vision for the future of WPS.

Randal is currently the Associate Head of School for Advancement at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA, and previously was the Head of School at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, TX. Randal earned a Bachelor's degree from Rhodes College, and a Masters of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. Randal is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army National Guard, where he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for distinguished service during the Iraq Campaign.

An educator at heart, Randal has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, and spent time advancing his craft as a history teacher at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans where he became passionate about teaching students how to write. Working at nationally recognized schools has provided Randal an opportunity to gain an understanding of successful college prep curricula, and how best to innovate current programs to support students' long-term success. He looks forward to bringing that experience to Worcester.

In accepting the Board's offer, Randal commented, "I am excited about joining the WPS community and all that it has to offer. During my visit to campus, I met with truly extraordinary faculty, staff, students and parents. I was impressed with the facilities and the palpable enthusiasm everyone has for the school and its mission. I look forward to meeting everyone, listening to the community, and being a part of the WPS family."

Randal's successful leadership, commitment to excellence, and focus on relationship building, will all benefit WPS in the years to come. We welcome Randal and his wife Kristen, a dedicated NICU nurse, his son Collin, a sophomore at Texas A&M University- Maritime Academy, and his two daughters, Amelia, a junior and Mary Esten a freshman, both at Christchurch School.

Please join me in offering our heartfelt congratulations.

Sincerely,

Charles R. Jenkins
President, Board of Trustees

 


Dear Members of the Worcester Preparatory School Community,

Randal E. BrownI am both thrilled and humbled to be selected as your next Head of School. It is an honor to follow such an extraordinary, long serving and capable head as Dr. Barry Tull. Working with you all, I look forward to building on his many successes. After reflecting on my visit to your beautiful campus, and my many great meetings, I realized how fortunate I would be to join such a vibrant and talented school community. Kristen and I were both so impressed with everyone we met. The faculty, staff, students, parents and board members all showed such a passion for the school, and have clearly accomplished so much.

In the months ahead, I look forward to visiting campus and introducing you to the Brown Family. I am eager to begin having meaningful discussions that will allow me to "get smart" on WPS, and learn how this unique school thrives. I am excited to renew acquaintances, and meet many more of you. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Search Committee, and members of the Board of Trustees, for their dedicated commitment to the search process, and working in the best interest of WPS. You are all wonderful ambassadors for WPS, and I thoroughly enjoyed our substantive discussions. I look forward to working with you. It is an exciting time, and I am grateful to be a part of taking WPS successfully in to the future.

Sincerely,

Randal E. Brown