October 21, 2021

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John Melton as the next Head of School of Lake Forest Country Day School, effective July 1, 2022. The Search Committee’s thorough, nationally competitive process resulted in an enthusiastic recommendation of his appointment to the Board, where John was met with a unanimous vote of approval. 

John is a seasoned independent school leader, having served as a Head of School for five years and a division head for ten years.  Among his significant accomplishments as Head of School are the completion of a full strategic planning cycle, execution of successful financial stability initiatives, and, through his collegial and collaborative leadership style, inspiring a sense of community and pride around a vision for the future of the school.  Among John’s greatest strengths is his ability to connect with people.  We were particularly impressed with his ability to personally connect with members of our parent, student, faculty, and staff community.  He cites his eagerness and experience in listening, collaborating, and communicating with integrity and empathy as the keys to his success — and we enjoyed observing this during his visits to LFCDS.  We value that “inspiring positivity” is one of the main tenets of John's educational philosophy.

John graduated from The Langley School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He earned a Master’s in Secondary Education at Marymount University in Virginia, and a Master’s of Science in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland at College Park. From 2015 to 2020, John was Head of School at Fuqua School in Farmville, Virginia. In the decade preceding his outstanding work at Fuqua School, John was Head of Upper School (grades 5-8) at The Country School in Easton, Maryland, a PK-8 school with approximately 300 students. John began his career in independent school education at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida, where he served in various roles, including science teacher, Director of Outdoor Education, Director of Summer School, and Upper School Dean of Students. John currently serves in an interim role as Director of Advancement at Highland School in Warrenton, Virginia, where he leads the advancement team to oversee fundraising, communications, marketing, alumni relations, and special events.
In John’s words, he is drawn to Lake Forest Country Day School because of the School’s “rich history of exceptional teaching, the community characterized by engagement and inclusion, and the culture of knowing each child.” He looks forward to getting to know each family and member of the school community, and is committed to working closely with Joy, the Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, the faculty, and the Transition Committee to ensure a smooth transfer of leadership.

Click here to read the message about John's appointment as Head of School Elect from David Keller, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

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List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How may I participate in the Search Process?

    There will be multiple opportunities for all members of our community to participate in the search process. All of our Head of School Candidates will have open sessions for parents, faculty, staff, and students to attend. 

    The following are the parent sessions:
    Candidate #1
    Thursday, September 23, 2021 (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - PAC
    Friday, September 24, 2021 (8:15 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.) - PAC
    Candidate #2
    Monday, September 27, 2021 (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - PAC
    Tuesday, September 28, 2021 (8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.) - PAC
    Candidate #3
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - PAC
    Thursday, October 7, 2021 (8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.) - PAC
    Please use the following link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/XnjKECk5bL2DPXvr8
  • Q: Who is the Search consultant?

    After evaluating the experience and proposals of a number of qualified search firms specializing in the independent school arena, the Board has engaged Resource Group (“RG”) 175 to assist the Search Committee.  

    RG175 is dedicated to understanding the unique mission of each of our independent and international school clients and to leveraging our many years of meaningful leadership experience to deliver excellence in school leadership, governance for schools, and other non-profit organizations

  • Q: What is current Head of School Joy Hurd's role in the search process?

    Joy will remain Head of School until June 30, 2022. For the next fourteen months, he will continue his mission-centered leadership of the school and continue to grow our position of great strength both programmatically and financially. 

    Joy has pledged his continuing commitment to furthering the progress on several initiatives until his departure at the end of next academic year. We are deeply grateful to Joy for all he has done and continues to do for the LFCDS community and look forward to his continued contributions to our School in the coming months and beyond.

Please click here to read a message from Mr. John Melton, HOS Elect.
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