Lawrence School Board Announces New Head of School

The Lawrence School Board of Trustees announced this morning that Douglas Hamilton has been selected to succeed Lou Salza as 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," Board President Nathaniel E. Leonard wrote in a letter to the community.

"He first joined the school's faculty in 1989 before being elevated to his current 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 our 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."

Read the official announcement letter (PDF) in its entirety here.

Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Salza will remain in their current positions until the transition becomes official on July 1, 2018.

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).

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