The American Community School (ACS) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Greg MacGilpin, Jr. as Head of School, effective July 1, 2016.
Greg MacGilpin, Jr. has been Director General of The Country Day School in Costa Rica since 2010. Prior to his position in Costa Rica, Greg MacGilpin, Jr. served as a Middle and Upper School Head in schools in New England and is well-versed in the curricular and developmental needs of students, as well as the pedagogy of all levels from pre-elementary through high school.
MacGilpin will succeed current Head of School Hamilton Clark, whose “superb leadership” of the school over the past three years was noted by Board of Trustees President Nina Joukowsky Köprülü ‘79, in her letter announcing the new head. Clark, whose term ends in June 2016, will be moving back to the United States to be closer to his family.
“Greg MacGilpin’s integrity and intelligence, his passion for helping young people find their best selves, and the respect and affection he inspires in students, faculty, and parents came through in his interviews here, as well as in all of his references,” said Joukowsky Köprülü. “His enthusiasm and genuine enjoyment of being with students were still evident when he met with trustees, late in the evening after a marathon day of interviews! That bodes well for keeping up with the high energy of ACS’s students and faculty.”
MacGilpin said that he was drawn to the school culture, right from the start.
“The school’s dedication to children and young people, its excellence and professionalism and its sense of caring and long-standing purpose are evident from each interaction and interview. I have always sought out school communities, and from the beginning of my search, it was clear ACS is such a place,” he said.
Greg MacGilpin holds a BA in religious studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master's degree in educational administration from Teachers College of Columbia University where he was a Fellow with the Klingenstein Private School Leadership program. Greg MacGilpin and his wife, Melissa Macomber, have three daughters who will attend ACS, Abigail, 11, Mallory, 9, and Sydney, 6.
“Greg MacGilpin emerged as the unanimous choice of the Search Committee, consisting of trustees with input from all of ACS’s constituents,” noted Joukowsky Köprülü. “We are grateful to the Student Council and the Parent Committee, as well as the many faculty members and other administrators who thoughtfully interviewed our finalists and shared their insights with the Search Committee. Their commitment to ACS and their rich variety of perspectives made our search process an unusually strong one.”
Indeed, the new ACS Head noticed students’ passion and loyalty to their school even during the recruitment process. “While visiting ACS last month, I asked the large group of high school students who among them were graduating this year and over half the room raised their hands. To me, this is an indication that their interest in who serves the school goes well beyond just their time at ACS; they are thinking about legacy,” he said.
He added, “[We] continue to believe strongly in the mission of the school which is what attracted us here in the first place. ACS has a very important role to play in Lebanon and the school makes an important difference in the lives of the young people it serves.” An event will be planned to honor Clark formally at the end of the school year. Clark said he and his wife, Ceci, have loved their time in Beirut, and been “impressed with the excellent faculty in place at ACS.”