Last week Headmaster Chris Post formally announced three leadership appointments. Michael Powell will join our community as our first-ever Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion. Brandon Mollett ’94, our head of the middle school, will assume the role of academic dean. And Pen Vineyard, who joined us this year as associate head of the middle cchool will become our new middle school head. Please see the letter below from Mr. Post for additional information
February 9, 2021
Dear Boys’ Latin Families,
You may remember that, as we confronted the uncertainties of COVID-19 last spring, we held off on three key leadership appointments. As we’ve made great progress through the course of this year, I am pleased to formally announce these appointments effective July 1, 2021.
As I shared with you last winter, Brandon Mollett ’94, our head of the middle school, will assume the role of academic dean. In this role, Brandon will have the unique opportunity for leadership across the entire institution. He’ll work closely with our division heads, department chairs and other program leaders to ensure that the K – 12 student experience is second to none. He’ll also work closely with our newly appointed Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion in the areas of faculty recruitment, retention and professional development.
Succeeding Brandon is Pen Vineyard, who joined us this year as Associate Head of the Middle School. Pen emerged through our search process last winter as the leading candidate to lead the middle school, and throughout this year, as he’s worked closely with Brandon and the rest of the middle school team, having taken on administrative responsibilities, taught in the classroom and served as an 8th grade advisor. Pen is a veteran of boys’ schools, having served as Dean of Students at Fairfield Country Day, a K – 9 boys’ school in Connecticut. In his letter of interest, Pen expressed that “…I am struck by the words Esse Quam Videri which espouse a commitment to authenticity.” Over the course of this year, boys and families have experienced Pen’s very own commitment to authenticity, balancing his own good nature and warmth while seeking to understand what’s best for boys and act accordingly. Pen earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his graduate degree in education from Columbia University. I am excited for Pen and especially for our middle school boys and families as we embark on this next phase of growth for our program.
Finally, I am pleased to share with you the appointment of Michael Powell as Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion. Michael will join the Boys’ Latin community on July 1, assuming responsibility for the broad diversity work of our school. Michael is currently a member of the faculty at St. Luke’s School in Connecticut, teaching history, coaching, advising, and serving as a member of the school’s diversity program committee. While he previously served as director of diversity at the Institute of Notre Dame, Michael is a veteran independent school educator, having taught lower, middle and upper school students in a variety of settings over the years. One reference reflected that Michael is “…deeply thoughtful and self-reflective. He is widely respected for his ability to listen and build relationships across the array of the institution.” Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and his graduate degree from Loyola University. Michael will visit Boys’ Latin (most likely virtually) later this spring in advance of his arrival. I am incredibly grateful to the Board of Trustee’s Task Force on Community, Equity and Inclusion, along with the many members of our community, who assisted throughout this search process over the past year, and I am eager to continue our work in partnership with Michael.
Please join me in congratulating Brandon, Pen and Michael on their appointments, and please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you soon.
All the best,
Christopher J. Post