WHEELING - The Linsly School has a new leader in Justin J. Zimmerman, who will become the school's 21st headmaster, effective July 1.
The announcement came Wednesday from Linsly's Board of Trustees. Zimmerman was chosen following an extensive nationwide search and selection process, with the board citing his extensive experience and leadership in independent schools as reasons for his selection.
Zimmerman comes to Linsly from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio where he is the dean of student life. He brings to Linsly his passion for fostering the best possible environment for children to grow and learn.
From encouraging the overall wellness of students, to enhancing student leadership opportunities, Zimmerman said he believes in creating an outstanding experience in every aspect of student life.
"I am deeply honored to become the next headmaster at The Linsly School," Zimmerman said. "My wife, Aimee, and I were immediately struck by the strong sense of community and the faculty's passion to fulfill the school's mission. I am excited to work with the Board of Trustees, faculty, students and parents to build upon Linsly's rich history and lead it into the next era. The entire Linsly family has treated Aimee and me with warmth and kindness, and we look forward to introducing our children to both Linsly and the Wheeling community."
Linsly Board Chairman Robert Nutting said Zimmerman emerged as the top candidate from a strong field.
"We are thrilled to introduce Mr. Zimmerman as Linsly's next headmaster," Nutting said. "While we reviewed a talented pool of applicants, and narrowed our search to two fantastic finalists, the search committee is confident with our selection of Mr. Zimmerman as the candidate best suited to lead Linsly's mission of academic excellence and character development into our next chapter of history."
Kevin Stevick, Linsly trustee and chairman of the search committee, pointed to Zimmerman's breadth of experience in all realms of independent education as the qualities that made him a standout among the finalists. Zimmerman has served as a classroom biology and A.P. environmental science teacher, a hockey and lacrosse coach, a dormitory parent and an administrative staff member with hands-on working knowledge of the admissions, advancement and dean of student offices.
"The search committee was actively seeking a candidate who could oversee the growth of boarding enrollment in an increasingly competitive market, who could effectively lead Linsly's strategic planning process and who most importantly could ensure that Linsly continues to deliver on its mission of academic excellence and character development," Stevick said. "Mr. Zimmerman brings the energy, enthusiasm and experience to achieve these goals and successfully lead Linsly into the future."
Zimmerman will be joined at Linsly by his wife and their two children, John Michael and Bridget.