Joseph Lennertz H`86 Announces Retirement as Wayland Academy Head of School

Joseph Lennertz H`86, who has served as Wayland Academy’s Head of School since 2012, recently shared his intent to retire as of June 30, 2020. Lennertz previously discussed his retirement with the school’s Board of Trustees, and made the announcement personally to the school’s faculty, staff, and students earlier today. Alumni, parents, and other constituents were notified by email and mail.

“As Head of School, I am grateful for the extraordinary trust and support from the entire Wayland community as well as the citizens of Beaver Dam,” Lennertz noted. “This campus is alive with diversity, promise, and energy. It has been a remarkable place to work and live the last 40 years. Wayland is in wonderful condition and I look forward to visiting campus occasionally after retirement. By announcing my retirement now there is ample time for The Academy to secure the best candidate possible for the next Head of School.”

As Head of School, Lennertz has witnessed continued organizational success while creating an environment with ample opportunity for students to discover their talents, develop confidence and maturity, and prepare for exceptional futures. Under his tenure Wayland has increased diversity of the student body of both domestic and international students, expanded alumni engagement through frequent alumni gatherings, enhanced outreach to international families and alumni, continued excellence in college preparatory curriculum, participated in civic endeavors such as Blue Zones, and upgraded campus-wide technology and security.

“Joe has capably guided Wayland Academy and positioned the school well as opportunities in the educational landscape present themselves in the future,” said David C. Larson `71, chair of the Board of Trustees. “He is one of the most respected teachers and administrators in Wayland’s long history and will be remembered for his intellectual curiosity that helped him inspire continuous improvement in all aspects of the school.”

Lennertz arrived on campus in 1978 as a Spanish teacher. During his career he has served Wayland in a variety of other capacities including Head Resident of Wayland Hall, Chair of the Language Department, Academic Dean, Interim President, and Head of School. An honorary member of the Wayland Class of 1986, Lennertz was presented the Academy’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Citation in 2011.

A search committee comprised of trustees, alumni, parents, and faculty was established and is led by former Board of Trustees Chair William T. Luedke IV `70.  They will work with a nationally recognized firm that specializes in Head of School searches for independent schools hired by the Board of Trustees to recruit and present qualified candidates for interview. Input will be collected from each constituent group within the Wayland community. A page on the Wayland website serves as a resource to provide periodic updates about the search.
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