Maclay’s Head of School, James Milford announced Charles Beamer as the new Assistant Head of School effective July 1, 2017. Beamer, who was named Head of Upper School in December of 2015 will continue to oversee the high school.
“This change in administrative structure is essential to keep clarity of purpose and execution of moving the school’s academic program to a seamless “one school” model,” Milford said. “Charles’ understanding of Maclay’s academic programs and passion for moving Maclay forward are unmatched. He has the vision, energy, and wisdom to build the systems necessary to take Maclay to higher levels of excellence.”
As Assistant Head of School, Beamer will be responsible for the School's total academic program beginning at PK-3 and continuing through 12th grade, Library Services, College Counseling, Guidance, Directors of Teaching & Learning, as well as the Center for Learning.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity to work more closely with all areas of our academic team,” said Beamer. “I have seen Maclay come such a long way over my 16 years here as a faculty member, Dean, and Head of the Upper School. I feel that we can continue to streamline our educational experience through each division and continue to graduate students who are well-prepared, well-rounded and engaged citizens.”
“Working with Charles over my three years at Maclay has convinced me that he is the right leader to help our school reach new heights,” Milford added. “He is both sensitive and thoughtful to the human element of school work and extremely creative with systems, partnerships, and programs. His understanding of our school’s culture and how to navigate change and forward movement cannot be underestimated. I’m excited to see him in this new capacity.”
Beamer came to Maclay in 2001 as Dean of Students and has taught Pre-AP American History, Legal Issues, Trial Advocacy, Modern United States History, and Honors Economics. He took over as Head of Upper School for the 2015-16 school year after longtime director Dr. Tom Lewis retired. Beamer will assume his new position this summer but he will immediately begin with planning for next year in his expanded areas of responsibility.
Milford continued, “Now that Maclay has established its new strategic plan and academic goals, I am confident that Charles will steward the Board of Trustee’s vision as we prepare our students for an amazing yet, ever changing future.”