James Hamilton ’91 was recently appointed Berwick Academy’s 54th Head of School, effective July 2018. With more than 20 years of experience in independent school leadership, he currently serves as associate head for external affairs at Brooks School in North Andover. Founded in 1791, Berwick Academy is an independent, coeducational school located in South Berwick, Maine, that serves nearly 600 students in grades PK-12.
Jim has an extensive background in independent school education. He credits his own school experience at R.L. with transforming his life. He has dedicated his professional career to creating opportunities for students and advancing independent schools in a number of ways. Jim began his career at Brooks School as an admissions officer, dorm parent, and coach. He then served as the director of admission and financial aid at St. George’s School for nine years before returning to Brooks as the associate head for external affairs, a position he has held for the past five years. Well known in the independent school community, Jim serves as an instructor at the Admissions Training Institute for The Enrollment Management Association and has been an instructor and mentor for Independent School Management’s Advancement Academy. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College and holds a master’s in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University.
An active R.L. alumnus, Jim served for three years on the R.L. Alumni Council in the mid 2000s. He is a member of the Headmaster’s Council, and in June he accepted an appointment to Roxbury Latin's Board of Trustees.
The School is proud of its alumni who have pursued careers in education. Jim joins a cadre of fellow alumni (as well as former masters) who have gone on to hold leadership positions in schools—most recently Graham Anthony ’03 at Pace Academy in Atlanta and Andrew Holmgren ’91 at Calvert School in Baltimore.