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Aspen Country Day School hires Josh Wolman as headmaster

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

Josh Wolman will be the new headmaster at the Aspen Country Day School as of July 1, 2014.

The Aspen Country Day School opened in September with a newly remodeled campus. Next summer, the school will have new leadership when current Headmaster John Suitor retires after 15 years of service at the school.

Josh Wolman, the current associate head of the School for Admissions and Financial Aid at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., accepted the position of headmaster for the Aspen Country Day School, effective July 1.

"It's an honor to accept the offer to lead the Aspen Country Day School into the future," Wolman said. "The kindness, professionalism and warmth everyone has shown me across the past several months are a real testament to this wonderful school community."

Not only is Wolman looking forward to working at the school, but he can't wait to experience the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

“It’s an honor to accept the offer to lead the Aspen Country Day School into the future,” Wolman said. “The kindness, professionalism and warmth everyone has shown me across the past several months are a real testament to this wonderful school community.”

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"The appeal of the outdoors in the Aspen area is exciting," he said. "It's adding to the anticipation."

Wolman graduated from Colby College in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in American studies. He holds a master's degree in educational administration with a concentration in private school leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.

His educational philosophy centers on balance.

"I believe the finest schools are places that balance both quality and humanity, high productivity and high sensitivity," Wolman said. "We need to make certain that students work hard and enjoy their work, that we expect our students to be taught basic skills and allow for individual, creative expression and value individuality and community."

His past work experience includes his position as assistant director of admissions at Columbia University for three years before becoming the assistant head of school at Sidwell Friends School for seven years. He left Sidwell for two years to become the assistant head of school at Holland Hall School in Tulsa, Okla.

He returned to Sidwell in 2009 to become associate head of school and has held that position for the past four years.

The Country Day School will be his first headmaster position.

"I'm ready to head a school at this point in my career," Wolman said. "The initial appeal of the school and of Aspen only increased when we visited the area. The richness and spirit of Aspen is incredible. I'm very much looking forward to joining the Aspen community."

mmclaughlin@aspentimes.com