LAKE FOREST – Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) announced that Joy S. Hurd IV has been appointed the next Head of School. He will begin his tenure July 1, 2018. He comes to LFCDS from The Buckley School in New York City, where he was Director of Upper School (Grades 7-9).
Selected from more than 200 candidates from across the nation, Search Committee Co-chairs Fred Wacker ’74 and Sameer Chhabria ’88 shared, “Throughout the entire search process, it was gratifying to hear that LFCDS is held in high regard throughout the national independent school community. During the extensive time we spent with Joy, it was abundantly clear he possessed the qualities and characteristics required to lead LFCDS to future successes. His deep knowledge of education coupled with his sincere desire to partner with our faculty and staff to continue LFCDS’s great legacy of excellence were visibly apparent.”
Joy was born and raised just outside Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Harvard College, where he earned his A.B. in the Classics. His distinguished teaching career began at St. Peter’s (NYC) where he taught Greek and Latin, and in 2008 to St. Bernard’s School (NYC), where he taught Latin, English, and ancient history in addition to his duties as secondary school advisor. After earning his master’s degree in private school leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University, he served at Riverdale Country School (NY) both as a Latin teacher and as Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions. Joy has been the Director of Upper School (Grades 7-9) at The Buckley School in NYC since 2014.
Joy serves on the board of the Academy for Teachers and on the advisory board of the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, which promotes the study and appreciation of the classical humanities. Joy and his wife Emily, who has worked in start-ups and recently started her own consulting business, look forward to leaving the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and making Lake Forest their home.
“Having witnessed the School’s commitment to academic rigor, character education, social-emotional learning, and design thinking, I am just as excited by the School’s current reality as an institution of best practices as I am by its aspirations to develop its excellence still further,” said Joy. “Truly, LFCDS is and will continue to be a national leader in early childhood, elementary, and middle school education, and we are all fortunate to be part of such a community of inspiring, masterful teachers; eager, kind students; and supportive, engaged parents and alumni.”
Lake Forest Country Day School serves students from more than 35 communities throughout the North Shore and beyond. A regional center of excellence for early childhood, elementary, and middle school education for children two years old through Grade 8, LFCDS is committed to inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, and responsible citizenship as well as the dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Submitted by Lake Forest Country Day School