Hudson -- A familiar face around the WRA campus for eight years will become the new face this summer at Linsly School in Wheeling, W.V.

Justin J. Zimmerman, the dean of student life at Western Reserve Academy, will take over as headmaster of Linsly School July 1. Linsly School is a private, independent day and boarding school for students in fifth through 12th grades. It was founded in 1814.

"Justin has been an important part of the WRA family, and we wish him well in his new position," Christopher Burner, WRA head of school, said.

According to Linsly, trustees conducted an "extensive nation-wide search and selection process led by the Headmaster Search Committee."

"I am deeply honored to become the next headmaster at The Linsly School," Zimmerman said. "My wife, Aimee, and I were immediately struck by the strong sense of community and the faculty's passion to fulfill the school's mission. I am excited to work with the Board of Trustees, faculty, students and parents to build upon Linsly's rich history and lead it into the next era."

The Zimmerman's have two children, John Michael and Bridget.

"We look forward to introducing our children to both Linsly and the Wheeling community," Zimmerman said.

Details of the contract were not released.

"We are thrilled to introduce Mr. Zimmerman as Linsly's next headmaster," Robert Nutting, chair of the Linsly board of trustees, said. "While we reviewed a talented pool of applicants, and narrowed our search to two fantastic finalists, the search committee is confident with our selection of Mr. Zimmerman as the candidate best suited to lead Linsly's mission of academic excellence and character development into our next chapter of history."

According to the school, Zimmerman "brings to Linsly his passion for fostering the best possible environment for children to grow and learn."

The committee chose Zimmerman in part because of his range of experience in several realms. They include independent education, such as a classroom biology and A.P. environmental science teacher, a hockey and lacrosse coach, a dormitory parent and an administrative staff member with hands-on working knowledge of the admissions, advancement and dean of student offices, according to Kevin Stevick, Linsly trustee and chair of the search committee.

"The search committee was actively seeking a candidate who could oversee the growth of boarding enrollment in an increasingly competitive market, who could effectively lead Linsly's strategic planning process, and who most importantly could ensure that Linsly continues to deliver on its mission of academic excellence and character development," Stevick said. "Mr. Zimmerman brings the energy, enthusiasm and experience to achieve these goals and successfully lead Linsly into the future."

Zimmerman taught as a science teacher at the Culver Academies in Culver, Ind. before joining WRA.

Zimmerman is a graduate of Indiana University with a master's degree in secondary education, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Zimmerman was a recipient of the Roush Wayburn Chair in Environmental Studies and the Keener Prize for teaching excellence at Western Reserve Academy.


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