Country Day hires new head of school
Aspen Country Day School announced Wednesday that it has hired a new head of school.
John H. Suitor, a graduate of the University of Vermont, will take the helm at ACDS in the fall. He will replace current Head of School Shelley Supplee, whose retirement at the end of this school term will mark the end of a 12-year career at ACDS as both a teacher and administrator.
Suitor’s recent stints as head of school at Storm King School and Cornwall-on-Hudson played a big role in the ACDS board of trustees’ decision. According to a school press release, Suitor doubled the endowment from $1 million to $2 million at Cornwall-on-Hudson and instituted broad curriculum reforms. He is also credited with opening a learning center for students who require innovative teaching techniques.
“We were all impressed with John’s ability to see the strengths and challenges of our school in the time he spent on campus and with our search committee,” said search committee co-chair Suzanne Farver.
“As the next head of school, I have a wonderful opportunity,” said Suitor. “It is to lead the school through the beginning of the next decade of the next century, and to assure that the excellence and integrity of the school may be sustained and nurtured.”
Suitor was selected from more than 60 candidates by a committee made up of parents, teachers, administrators and board members.
Aspen Country Day School was founded in the late 1960s. It is a fully accredited independent school located on the Castle Creek campus of the Aspen Music School. It currently offers kindergarten through eighth-grade classes.
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