On Friday, July 24, Head of School Suzanne Walker Buck announced the exciting appointment of Dr. James Greenwood as Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Western Reserve Academy. In his role, he will partner with WRA's Interim Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Brandi Wheeler on working with students, faculty and staff to examine practices, enrich experiences, and foster growth within individuals and the WRA community.
Dr. Greenwood brings with him a deep and rich history working in independent schools. Most recently, he served as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. Other institutions for whom he has worked include Shady Hill School (Cambridge, Massachusetts) where he served as Director of Inclusion & Multicultural Practice, Northfield Mount Hermon School (Gill, Massachusetts) where he served as Director of Multicultural Education (and first became acquainted with our own Mathematics Department faculty member Dick Peller), and Williston Northampton School (Easthampton, Massachusetts) where he served as Assistant Director of Admission.
WRA has engaged in formal and informal conversations with students, parents and alumni, acknowledging the imperative for action and a systemic commitment to diversity in governance, hiring, curriculum development and campus culture. Buck says Dr. Greenwood's appointment is instrumental to evolving WRA.
"Now is the time for us to make a difference and Dr. Greenwood is a changemaker and luminary," said Buck. "He will help us model and teach anti-racism, tolerance, inclusion and social justice. Together we will foster these in our students and see their continued practice in their lives as graduates. I am thrilled to work side-by-side with Dr. Greenwood in this critical endeavor."
Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Greenwood graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in American Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies. He currently serves on Kenyon's alumni board. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and a Masters of Education from Columbia University. This spring he earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston College where his dissertation studied how teachers develop their culturally responsive practice.
Dr. Greenwood looks forward to being part of WRA, and we are thrilled to welcome him Western Reserve Academy.