James Berkman Named Head of Boston University Academy
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(Boston) – James S. Berkman, current head of school at Hawken School outside of Cleveland, has been named head of Boston University Academy (BUA), effective July 1, announced David Campbell, Boston University provost.
Berkman succeeds James Tracy, Ph.D., who announced in January that he would resign effective July 1 after serving six years at BUA. He will assume the headmaster position at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass.
BUA is a coeducational day and college preparatory school for grades 9-12, located on the Boston University campus but operating independently. Founded in 1993, BUA’s current enrollment is 156 and it employs 20 faculty members.
Berkman, 50, who has been head of Hawken School since mid-1998, possesses over 22 years of teaching and administrative experience within independent schools. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, he also earned a master’s degree in Early Modern European History from Oxford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Founded in 1915, Hawken School is an independent, college preparatory day school serving approximately 950 students in preschool through grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland.
“I am very excited about joining the BU Academy community,” said Berkman. “I have been impressed by my meetings with its students, faculty and staff, parents and Board of Visitors, as well as by the thoughtful help of the Search Committee and Provost David Campbell in the search process. BU Academy has a reputation for intellectual excellence, and is a unique and wonderful high school. I feel honored to be called to serve it, building on the legacy of Jim Tracy.”
Douglas Sears, the dean of the School of Education, chaired a formal search committee to identify and recruit the new headmaster. Other committee members included Dr. Christopher Ricks, co-director of Boston University’s Editorial Institute and Professor of the Core Curriculum Program; Dr. Bennett Goldberg, chairman of the Department of Physics; Manuel Monteiro, associate vice president of the Office of Human Resources; Kris Kiesman, BUA’s Science Division head; and Kathleen Healy, chair of BUA’s Board of Visitors. Boston University also retained the services of Wickenden Associates, an educational consulting and placement firm, to assist in hiring a new head of school.
“Jim Berkman brings to the Academy a wide-ranging intellect, a well-earned reputation for integrity, and an outgoing personality,” said Sears. “We believe that these qualities, combined with his substantial experience, will allow him to lead the Academy to even higher levels of achievement.”
Although BUA students’ academic and extracurricular lives are centered at the Academy, they have full access to the resources of the university’s educational, recreational, and artistic programs. In their junior and senior years, BUA students take courses for college credit, and by graduation, they may have taken up to 12 college courses. With as many as 48 college credits in hand, BUA students are eligible to transfer these credits to their college and may even apply to continue as sophomores at Boston University.
“Jim Tracy’s years at the academy have seen robust growth in every respect, most particularly in excellence and reputation,” said Campbell. “He leaves us with an institution blessed with an outstanding faculty and staff, gifted and diligent students, and a supportive group of alumni, friends, and parents. We are all in his debt for his outstanding service.
“I am delighted to entrust this legacy to James Berkman, who will be a superb head of BUA, and I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”