The Wayland Academy Board of Trustees has appointed Jason Smith Warnick as the head of school effective July 1, 2020. He currently serves as the Director of Advancement and Enrollment at Ross School in East Hampton, New York. His hire concludes a national search to name a successor to Joseph Lennertz H`86, who announced last April that he would retire on June 30, 2020.
Jason’s professional career spans 17 years at independent schools including roles as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Director of External Engagement and Alumni Relations, Assistant Dean of Students and Dean of Summer School, in addition to serving as teaching faculty and coach.
A graduate of Hyde School, an independent, college preparatory boarding school in Bath, Maine, Jason earned a B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He also holds an M.A. in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. Earlier this year, Jason was appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Independent Educational Consultant Association Foundation.
“We are excited for the energy and enthusiasm that Jason has demonstrated during interviews and meetings with Wayland’s constituencies,” noted Wayland Trustee Will Luedke IV `70, who led the search committee.
His selection follows a very thorough search that included meetings with a variety of Wayland constituencies. Jason’s appointment is the result of enthusiastic support from the Head of School Search Committee.
"I'm honored and thrilled for the opportunity to join Wayland Academy as the next head of school. Wayland is an exceptional community filled with warmth, diversity, compassion, innovation and inspiration and with a long-standing tradition as an excellent college preparatory school," noted Jason Warnick. "I look forward to working closely with the faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni as together, we approach all of the exciting opportunities the future holds."
Jason, his wife Colleen, and their four young sons, Rowen (9), Max (7), Emmet (5) and Mitchell (5) are all looking forward to moving to the Midwest. We are excited to welcome them into our community.
This is an exciting time for our vibrant, diverse and welcoming school community. As we begin the transition to a new head of school, we will communicate additional details
including opportunities to acknowledge Joe for his dedicated service to the Wayland community and to welcome Jason and his family.