Head of School Search

May 6, 2021

Dear members of the EDS community,

At EDS, we are very blessed to have a Head of School now completing 18 years of loving, faithful service to our community, especially when you learn that the average tenure for a Head is just over 8 years. However, we know all too well that nothing is permanent. As you can read in his letter attached, just before the Masters break Dr. Ned Murray wrote to Father Clarkson and me that his 19th year, the 2021-22 school year, will be his last at Episcopal Day School.

Ned’s contributions to EDS are immeasurable and his retirement has been well-earned.  His vision for education and vision for the future of EDS have shaped and prepared this school and our students for an uncertain future. With his leadership, we managed to weather a once in a century pandemic and did so exceedingly well. EDS transitioned to distance learning seamlessly, thanks of course to the hard work of all our teachers and staff.  With proper planning and foresight EDS became the area's only 1:1 technology school, enabling the school to train and experiment with “cyber days.”  As a result, EDS’s transition to distance learning became a model in education.

Of course, that’s just one of the most recent examples of Ned’s foresight and one that so many of us already recognize. Ned was a driving force behind the search and acquisition of new land to allow the school to expand its programming. That process began in 2005 with the need for space to support an expanding and thriving middle school athletic program.  Over time, Flowing Wells not only became the premier multi-sport playing field in our region, but also a campus with wide-open spaces designed to welcome community gatherings and outdoor hands-on learning for our students.  The Flowing Wells Campus master plan is a vision that evolved over a decade and the end result is an asset to our entire community.

On behalf of the EDS Board of Trustees, and the five other Board Chairs who have had the honor of serving with him, we extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Ned for his nearly two decades of incredible service to our school and church.  As a result of his devoted, steadfast leadership and responsible stewardship, the EDS that awaits Ned’s successor is well poised for its next phase of growth and accomplishment.  And of course, thank you to Lucy and the Murray boys for sharing Ned.  He has dedicated much of his time, passion, and attention to our school community for many years.

The search process for Ned’s successor has already begun. I have asked Trustees Dennis Trotter ‘92 and Kirby Yawn to lead a search committee and engage a search firm on behalf of the Board.  There will be more to share in the weeks and months to come.  For now, we say thank you to Ned and look forward to one more year of his guidance and leadership.

Sincerely,

Frank Anderson
Chair, Board of Trustees
Episcopal Day School

Search Committee Updates

Head of School Search Committee

  • Dennis Trotter '92, Co-Chair
  • Kirby Yawn, Co-Chair
  • Catherine Boardman
  • John Cates
  • The Rev. Ted Clarkson '70
  • James Heffner
  • Joe Norman
  • Sabrina Pendergrass

Ex Officio:

  • Kristi Connell '86, Chair, Board of Trustees

Included in the PDF:

  • School mission
  • School profile including overview, spiritual life, program features, athletics
  • EDS fast facts
  • Living in Augusta
  • Position details
  • How to apply