On February 14, Head of School Rick Hardy announced the hiring of CA’s first Dean of Academic Program and Equity:
I am very pleased to announce that Robert Munro has accepted our offer to serve as CA’s Dean of Academic Program and Equity, beginning on July 1. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Rob will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This work includes the development of personal responsibility in cultural competency institution-wide, and an awareness of thoughtful stewardship of our world and its critical resources. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity.
Rob comes to CA from Middlesex School, where he has taught in the History Department since 2012, and directed the school’s Global Studies program since 2016. He also coaches boys’ squash and tennis, and serves as a dormitory assistant. Rob will continue to live on the Middlesex campus with his wife and two daughters. He earned a B.A. from Bates College and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Rob serves as co-president of The Robbins House, a member of the Board of Governors at the Concord Museum, and an appointed member and clerk for the Concord Center Cultural District Committee.
In his conversations with the search committee and throughout his campus visit, Rob impressed people with his friendly, outgoing personality; his ability to listen and connect with students as well as adults; and his thoughtful, measured approach. Members of the community appreciated his willingness to talk candidly about difficult issues; his ability to think strategically; and his ability to “synthesize and reflect his thoughtful impressions of CA and meaningfully connect with both specific individuals and the group.” Rob drew praise for his “facility with cross-departmental collaboration” as well as “his understanding of how representing a school externally ties into developing a more diverse faculty.” Members of the community noted his “sense for teenagers — how they think, how they learn, how they grow” and expressed excitement that he will “bring a fresh perspective to campus, that includes creative thinking about how to build a new program, as well as a broad range of experiences thinking about equity and inclusion.” The CA community also praised Rob’s experience with a wide range of teaching modes, and his enthusiasm for extending love of learning beyond classroom walls through experiential opportunities and partnerships with local, national, and global institutions.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Amy Fredericks and Marie Myers, who co-chaired this search, along with the members of the search committee — Justin Bull, Maggy Godfroy, Kirsten Hoyte, Andrew Stevens, Will Tucker, and Sarah Yeh — for the many hours they devoted to reviewing candidate materials, guiding the interview process, and welcoming candidates to campus. I also want to thank our search consultants from Strategenius, Orpheus Crutchfield and Mary Rose Fernandez, who worked tirelessly to ensure this very successful outcome. I am deeply grateful to all for their professionalism, their dedication, and their wisdom.
We look forward to welcoming Rob to the community. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Rob Munro, CA’s Dean of Academic Program and Equity.
Head of School
Dresden Endowed Chair
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On September 1, 2020, the Concord Academy community gathered not in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel but on a videoconference from homes near and far. While the virtual setting marked the start of a school year unlike any other, the themes of this year’s Convocation were familiar. Speakers, including Laura Twichell ’01, Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, and Zahaan Khalid ’21, called for mutual commitments to listen closely and see one another fully, even and especially in online spaces.
As I write to you today, our world is still grappling with the great challenges that COVID-19 has created. Indeed, the situation in many places has unfortunately grown considerably worse since my last letter. I offer my sincere condolences to those of you who have suffered illness or lost loved ones to this pandemic. This disease has caused extraordinary pain, stress, and dismay on so many levels. We must all find ways to focus on hope and the prospects of the recovery that will come, and the opportunities that any crisis presents to assert our powers of caring and goodness. We hope you are leaning on and helping those around you.