LOS OLIVOS, Calif. — On Friday, February 17th, Midland School announced that William L. Graham will be the new head of school, effective July 1, 2006. Graham will succeed David Lourie, who has been Midland’s head of school since 2001.
“We are delighted to announce that the next Head of Midland School will be William L. Graham, who comes to us with extraordinary recommendations,” said Mike Babcock, Chair of the search committee, and Nick Alexander, President of Midland’s Board of Trustees and a 1960 Midland alumnus.
Graham is currently the Associate Head of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Graham’s background includes a B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College where he was named “Outstanding Two-Sport Athlete” for his accomplishments as captain of the football and lacrosse teams, and an M.A. from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English where one of his professors described him as an “excellent scholar and writer and one who can live comfortably in the physical as well as the intellectual world.”
Before joining the Gould faculty in 1984, Graham taught English at Holderness School and also served as athletic director, varsity basketball coach, and instructor in the Outback program. At Gould, Graham has played a major role in every facet of school life. He has coached the boy’s lacrosse team, served as Director of Admissions, Chair of the Enrollment Management Team, Chair of the Advising Counseling Team, Chair of the Administrative Council, and for the past five years has been Associate Head of School. In this capacity he has been the chief operating officer of the school, with the day-to-day oversight of all student programs, and supervision of the faculty and administration. Graham has also found time to help design an eight-day winter mountaineering course modeled after Outward Bound and has led these trips for the past 20 years.
Graham’s family includes his wife, Marguerite, who was the co-recipient, with Graham, of the Citizenship Award from the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce for “contribution to the Bethel area schools and community.” The Grahams have two grown children, Kate and Angus, both of whom are pursuing graduate degrees.
“We are extremely fortunate to have people of Will and Marguerite’s stature join us in furthering the essential values and goals of Midland,” said Babcock and Alexander.
Graham stated, “Marguerite and I are excited and enthusiastic about this new opportunity. On our first approach to campus, the spectacular beauty of the surrounding landscape led us towards Midland’s unique sense of place. During our visit, we met thoughtful students, committed staff, devoted trustees, and supportive parents; it did not take long for the Midland story to unfold. The school’s mission is clear, the core programs are authentic, and the community values are enduring. Whether students were participating in the classroom, or taking responsibility for daily tasks, we found clear evidence of self reliance. In the landscape of secondary school options Midland stands alone. Standing with Midland is right where I want to be.”