By Stokley Voltmer '18
Last Monday, the Episcopal School of Dallas announced that they would be welcoming David Baad, STA Class of ‘83, as their third head of school, effective July 2018. Mr. Wilson confirmed this news in a letter to the St. Albans community the following day.
The Episcopal School of Dallas, a school for ages three through grade 12 located in the heart of Texas, bears striking similarity to St. Albans, with only one glaring difference: it is co-ed. Founded in 1974, the school aims to “prepare young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose.” Coming from a similar school with similar goals, Mr. Baad is extremely well qualified for the responsibility that he has accepted.
Mr. Baad will be sorely missed at St. Albans. He has proven to the boys, and to the school, time and time again just how instrumental he is to this institution. While at St. Albans, Mr. Baad has done everything from teaching terrified freshmen in Cities and Civilizations to terrifying Landon baseball players with his more than impressive coaching record. In addition to fulfilling his traditional roles, Mr. Baad has gone above and beyond the call of duty, filling in as acting head on multiple occasions. In short, Mr. Baad is an integral part of St. Albans, and we will all be sad to see him go.
Mr. Baad’s departure nods at a larger theme of senior administrators departing the Close in recent years. In 2016, NCS Upper School Head Dr. Sarah Pelmas left to become the Head of the Winsor School and STA Lower School Head Mr. Paul Herman retired. At the end of this school year, STA Headmaster Mr. Vance Wilson will retire and, at the end of next school year, NCS Head of School Ms. Kathleen Jamieson is set to depart.
Exchanged would like to congratulate the Episcopal School of Dallas on their wonderful new headmaster, and would like to wish Mr. Baad good luck in the years to come.