Dear Members of the Benjamin Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Tom Reid has been appointed to be Interim Head of School for the 2019-20 academic year.
Tom has had an extensive career as a Head of School at prestigious independent schools including Buckley Country Day in Roslyn, NY and St Paul’s School in Baltimore, MD. In addition, he has held several Interim Head of School positions including at Palmer Trinity School in Miami. Tom completed his undergraduate degree at University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters in Educational Administration from University of Connecticut.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to join The Benjamin School and its community as Interim Head." Tom said. "In advising students applying to prep schools or college, I have told them to try to visualize themselves on the campus, try to imagine what it would be like. On my visit last month, I followed that advice, and with each person or group I met, the desire to be a part of the community increased. I feel fortunate that my imaginings came true. Ann and I look forward to visiting the campus again in May to begin the process of orientation and ensure a smooth start and a great 2019-20 school year for all."
Ari Zur, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated that "We are incredibly fortunate to have someone of Tom’s caliber and diverse experience as our Head of School. This appointment will allow the Search Committee to conduct a thorough nationwide search for our next permanent Head of School. During Tom’s visit to The Benjamin School, Tom met with key constituents of our school community and they were impressed with his long history of success and approachable personality. We are excited to welcome Tom back to South Florida and work with him this upcoming school year."
Our permanent Head of School search process continues to move forward. We plan to invite finalists to our campus in the fall and shortly thereafter announce a new Head of School to start our historic 60th year in July 2020. We will continue to keep the school community updated to the latest activity on the school’s webpage, as well as direct communications.
Tom Reid begins his new role on July 1, 2019. When the school year begins, there will be many opportunities to meet and welcome Tom, and his wife Ann, to the Benjamin community.
We appreciate your continued support and feedback during this process.
Jill Fried and Kelly Perkins
Co-Chairs – Head of School Search Committee