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Head of School, Doug Hamilton

On October 16, 2017, the Lawrence School Board of Trustees announced that Douglas Hamilton will succeed Lou Salza as Lawrence School's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

Doug is no stranger to the Lawrence community, having positively impacted countless students and families as an educator and administrator at the school for nearly three decades. He first joined the school’s faculty in 1989 before being elevated to his previous position as Director of Admission in 2000.

During his time at Lawrence, Doug has developed a comprehensive understanding of learning differences, the needs of diverse learners, and the Lawrence School curriculum. Additionally, as a member of the Lawrence Executive and Leadership councils, Doug has had an important voice in critical decisions that have led to our school’s impressive progress in recent years.

Feedback from constituents at the school – including Trustees, alumni, faculty and staff, families, and students – during the search process reinforced Doug’s long-standing reputation as a passionate educator who perpetually has Lawrence’s best interests at heart. For these reasons and more, Doug was identified as the individual best suited to continue the advances made during Lou Salza’s tenure and lead decisions that will guide Lawrence’s bold and bright future.

Doug, who holds two degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Master of Science in Education – from West Virginia University, is a native of Northeast Ohio. He was named “Who to Watch in Education” by Crain’s Cleveland Business last December and served on the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Northern Ohio Branch Board of Directors from 2007-10. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two daughters; Tate (23) and Abigail (21).

Get to Know Mr. Hamilton