The headmaster of a small private school in Long Island has been named the interim headmaster at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, beginning July 1.
Thomas J. Reid, 51, who heads the Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, N.Y., a coeducational school with 320 pupils from nursery through eighth grade, will replace Robert W. Hallett, who has resigned to become executive director of a philanthropic foundation in Washington.
"It was time for a change," Reid said Tuesday, explaining his decision to leave Buckley. "I was looking geographically in an area between Washington and Boston, and I wanted a school with a religious affiliation and an upper school. I knew that St. Paul's was a wonderful school."
Reid, who said he had never been an interim headmaster, will oversee the lower school, which is coeducational and has pupils from prekindergarten through fourth grade, and the middle and upper schools, with all boys in grades five through 12. The 865 students at St. Paul's were told about the new headmaster Tuesday.
Daniel R. Baker, president of St. Paul's board of trustees, said Reid was the "best fit" for the job.
"Tom's experience as an educator and head of school, coupled with his deep understanding and commitment to the mission and values of St. Paul's School, makes us confident that he will quickly engage with the St. Paul's community and provide the strong leadership necessary to sustain our school's forward momentum next year," Baker said.
Reid has served as headmaster at Buckley for the past 14 years. He also spent nine years at the Pomfret School, a boarding school in Connecticut, where he was a history teacher, athletic director and dean of students. He started at the Chestnut Hill Academy, a private boys' school in Philadelphia, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Reid also has a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Connecticut. He is married and has two children. His daughter is a French and history teacher at the Gilman School. His son is in college in Boston.
Hallett has been headmaster at St. Paul's since 1985.