Western Reserve Academy has appointed Suzanne Walker Buck as its new head of school.
After a national search, the WRA Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee unanimously selected Buck as the school‘s 32nd head of school. Her tenure will begin on July 1, 2019. Buck, who will succeed current Head of School Christopher D. Burner, will be the first woman to hold the post in the school’s history.
“Suzanne’s appointment adds to the feelings of pride and momentum we feel at Western Reserve Academy today,” said Tim Warner ’69, co-president of the WRA board of trustees. “In many ways, she personifies the school — accomplished and dynamic, thoughtful and intrepid — these are the qualities we sought in our next leader.”
Buck’s engagement with boarding schools is long and deep. She is a graduate of both the Fay School (Mass.) and Miss Porter’s School (Conn.).
After graduating from Connecticut College, Buck joined Westminster School (Conn.) as an admission counselor, dorm parent, and coach of field hockey and lacrosse. From Westminster she attended graduate school, earning a degree in clinical social work from Columbia University and a degree in education from Harvard University. She has since held posts at Fay School, New Hampton School (N.H.), and most recently as the Rector (head of school) at Chatham Hall in Chatham, Va., where in four years she increased enrollment by 36 percent, added significant tuition revenue, increased annual giving by 14 percent, and developed a bold strategic plan. Buck also is a leader in the independent school sector, as vice chair of the Association of Boarding Schools and chair of the governance committee for the Enrollment Management Association.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Western Reserve Academy,” said Buck. “While rich in traditions, resources and programs, I am struck most by the character of the community. Pioneers care about one another and the world at large. It is clear that students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni share a common thread in the tapestry of experience; they are committed to learning, teaching, innovating, and connecting with authenticity and compassion. My husband, Johnny, and I are extremely honored to root our professional lives and family in Hudson at Western Reserve Academy.”