GATOR BALL HONORS RCDS HEADMASTER

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

chadsmallThe man who has served as Headmaster at The Rumson Country Day School for the past quarter of a century will be the subject of a special tribute, during the private school’s GatorBall fundraiser on Saturday, February 8.

Dr. Chad B. Small (pictured), who will be concluding his long service at RCDS with the end of the 2013-2014 school year, will be honored during the 6 pm gala by the school’s parent community, organizers of the annual GatorBall, which will be hosted inside the school’s Blake Auditorium.

This year’s theme, An Evening of Elegance Celebrating Excellence, is described as “an opportunity for the parent community to celebrate the excellence of RCDS, then and now,” with the goal “to inspire the RCDS community to embrace the school’s mission, and take an active role in supporting it, both financially and through outstanding school spirit.”

Profits raised in past GatorBall events have gone to fund a state-of-the art musical keyboard lab, moveable display boards for student art, Smart Boards for the Upper School, a new piano for the Music department, guest speakers and athletic field improvements.

AT RCDS, A NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

The Rumson Country Day School announced recently that Whitney C. Slade will become the seventh Head of School in its 87-year history. Mr. Slade will succeed Chad B. Small—who is in his 25th year as RCDS Head of School—for the 2014–2015 school year. Mr. Slade is currently in his 16th year as head of St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, Rhode Island.WSlade2

“The RCDS Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer Whitney Slade the position, and we couldn’t be more pleased that he accepted,” says John Devlin ’83, who chaired the school’s nine-person search committee. “Competition for the best talent was particularly fierce this year, and we know Whitney was a finalist at a number of schools across the country. RCDS was on the top of his list when he began this process, and at the end of the process he was on the top of ours. How often do things work out that way?”

Mr. Slade, who is originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Tufts University. He received his Masters in Education from Harvard University in 1986. He and his wife, Ellen, a reading specialist, are avid sailors. They have two grown children.

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