Westminster Schools President Bill Clarkson is retiring after his 23rd year at the Buckhead private school, he announced this week in a letter sent to parents, alumni and supporters.
Clarkson will retire following the 2013-14 academic year, effective June 30, 2014.
“It is with mixed emotions, but extraordinary pride and gratitude that I announce my plans to retire,” he wrote in the letter. “I have never been in a school family for this long. Since childhood I have been in the family of Christ’s church, and hit has occurred to me that my education and life’s work have been an unfolding story of God’s mysterious ‘calling’ and the opportunities for response to that revelations. My years at Westminster have been the happiest of my career, and I hope I have honored that call in this wonderful and unique school.”
Westminster has formed a search committee of seven alumni and one past parent, and an advisory committee of eight graduates, four faculty members (some of whom are alumni also) and one student representative to help find Clarkson’s re-placement. It is chaired by Westminster graduate and parent Mike Egan.
In a letter to parents, alumni and supporters also included with Clarkson’s letter, Westminster board chair Olga Goizueta Rawls wrote, “On behalf of the board, I want to thank Bill for his inspirational vision, innovative spirit and enthusiastic service to our school and community. Over many years as a trustee and as chair, I have had the privilege of working with and learning from an esteemed colleague and friend. His wisdom and unwavering commitment to the school’s mission have contributed immeasurably to our advancement and stature.”
In the letter, Rawls also thanked Clarkson for the progress and growth Westminster has seen during his tenure, and mentioned the Boston-based national search firm of Carney, Sandoe and Associates will help guide the search for his replacement.
Prior to joining Westminster, Clarkson served as assistant headmaster and headmaster at The Potomac School in McLean, Va. When he retires, his career will have spanned 42 years.