Dear Concord Academy Community,
I am delighted to announce that Melody Komyerov ’89 has accepted our offer to serve as CA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, starting in mid-April. As a member of the senior administrative team, Melody will develop and lead Concord Academy’s strategic communications with all of our constituents, encompassing digital, social, and print media, with responsibility for ensuring effective systems, resources, and process to achieve the school’s marketing and communications objectives. She will oversee media relations and brand management and partner directly with me on institutional communications, as well as with departments across the school to inspire and engage current and prospective students and their families, our faculty and staff, alumnae/i, and supporters of CA.
An experienced leader in independent school marketing and communications who has also worked as photographer, journalist, teacher, and creative director, Melody has, the search committee noted, a “highly developed eye for storytelling opportunities.” She comes to CA having led communications and marketing at Massachusetts independent schools including Pingree School, Commonwealth School, and, most recently, The Winsor School, in addition to her prior experience in higher education. Her photography and a number of her projects in support of admissions, fundraising, and communications for various schools have garnered distinction from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Her passion for strategy is evident in her portfolio.
Melody earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in East Asian studies from Brown University and a master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She volunteers as an alumnae/i interviewer for Brown and serves on the board of the Boston City Singers, a music training program for the region’s urban underserved youth. She lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband, Josh, and their three children, Noa Lielle, Tsering, and Tairou, who will be joining CA’s class of 2025 next year.
Members of the search process praised Melody’s collaborative nature and strategic thinking, her energy and enthusiasm, and her ability to empower others, communicate transparently, and cultivate authentic relationships. Based on how she describes her own transformative experience of CA as an alumna, they said, Melody’s “love and respect for CA were clear,” and the committee felt she aligned strongly with the values in our mission, would “bring creativity and innovation to the role,” and “would be a terrific leader for both adults and students.”
I am grateful to the members of the search committee — Adam Bailey, Maggy Godfroy, Heidi Koelz, Rebecca Lindegren, Marie Myers, Alice Roebuck, Hilary Rouse, and Trish Saunders — to our search consultants from the Conley Search Group, Peter Hamilton and Christian Henry, and to all who participated in this process, for their many hours spent reviewing candidate materials and interviewing and welcoming candidates.
We look forward to welcoming Melody back to CA! I know she will be eager to engage with as many members of our community as possible as she joins us next month.
Sarah Yeh P’24
Interim Head of School
We are excited to announce the hiring of Grant Hightower as CA’s new director of community and equity as of July 1, 2021. Grant comes to us as a seasoned diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) activist, practitioner, and consultant. Most recently, Grant has served as the director of METCO programs at the Reading Public School District. As the director of community and equity at CA, Grant will report to and work closely with the dean of academic program and equity, assisting our community in realizing a central tenet of the school’s mission, “striving for equity.”
We are delighted that Justin Bull has agreed to serve as CA’s interim dean of faculty for the 2021–22 school year. The interview committee appreciated Justin’s desire to enhance communication, his interest in bringing forward conversations around teaching and pedagogy for the year ahead, and his deep experience as a teacher, department head, coach, mentor, advisor, and house faculty member.
CA Celebrates Black History Month with Assembly Focused on Civil and Human Rights, Past, Present, and Future
On February 24, Concord Academy welcomed representatives from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to speak with students about their work advocating and organizing for democracy, justice, inclusion, and opportunity for all people in the United States. The event took place thanks to the coordinated efforts of 9th grade class student leaders, who modeled coalition building in initiating this all-school assembly, coordinating with affinity groups and the Community and Equity Office to create and host this opportunity for school-wide learning and reflection. Affinity groups have also been engaging the CA community in Black History Month initiatives throughout the month.