Jim Power became the 13th Head of Schools of Culver Academies effective today, July 1. An experienced educator who has led a number of private institutions for 30 years, Power succeeds John N. Buxton, who led Culver for the past 17 years.
“It’s been a bit overwhelming,” Power said of his first few hours on campus. “But everyone has been extraordinarily friendly. I’ve gotten lots of great advice. The boats are on the water and the kids are walking across campus. It’s camp sunshine today.”
Power’s Investiture will be conducted in August.
A native of Philadelphia, Power served as the Principal of Upper Canada College in Toronto from 2004 to 2016. Founded in 1829, UCC is a leading International Baccalaureate World School, with about 1,200 boys in grades K-12 with a community of boarding students from 25 countries. Previously, Power was the Headmaster of Georgetown College Preparatory School near Washington, D.C., from 1993 until 2004. From 1986, he was at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, a co-ed boarding school, having served in such roles as an English teacher, coach, Assistant Director of Admissions, English Department Chair, Dean of Students, and Academic Dean.
During his tenure at UCC, Power served as President of the Board of the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), and as a trustee of the International Coalition of Boys Schools and of the Canadian Educational Standards Committee. He was a Klingenstein Visiting Heads Fellowship participant in 2003. Recognized for his years of distinguished service as a head of school, Power serves on the faculty of the Institute for New Heads of the National Association of Independent Schools and wrote a chapter, “The Administrative Team,” for The Head’s Handbook: A Guide for Aspiring, New, and Experienced Heads of School.