The Stony Brook School, a place where Joy and I lived and worked for six years in the 1990s, seems to be opening a new chapter in its storied history by appointing Joshua Crane as its next headmaster. Congratulations to Mr. Crane and the Stony Brook School community. Here is a taste of the formal announcement:
The Board of Trustees of The Stony Brook School is pleased to announce that Mr. Joshua Crane has been appointed as the next head of The Stony Brook School, effective July 1, 2013. In assuming the School’s leadership post, Mr. Crane will be the sixth head of school in the 91-year history of The Stony Brook School.
The Stony Brook School Board of Trustees Chairman Sierd Tilma said, “The Board of Trustees was unanimous in accepting the recommendation of Mr. Crane by the Search Committee. I am delighted that he has accepted our offer to become the next head of school at Stony Brook. He has outstanding giftedness that will enable him to steward the twin pillars of our school: excellence in academics and faithfulness to the School’s historic mission.”
Mr. Crane received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 1995 and a Master of Philosophy in European Romanticism from the University of Glasgow in 1996. More recently he earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College in 2011. Since 2005 he has served as head of school at Central Christian School in St. Louis, Missouri, a Christian school founded in 1957 by Central Presbyterian Church. Joshua met his wife, Jennifer, after graduating from Vanderbilt University, and the two were married in 1998. Jennifer earned a degree in architecture from Princeton and owns and runs a commercial and residential interior design company. Jennifer and Joshua have four daughters.
In accepting the position, Mr. Crane said, “It is with deep respect for its storied past and unbridled optimism about its exciting future that I accept Stony Brook’s offer to become its next head of school. It will be my great privilege to serve its students, faculty, staff, and alumni as we move together to new heights of mission effectiveness. Stony Brook is a school of world consequence, and the world needs a strong Stony Brook to demonstrate that the integration of faith and learning is just as relevant today as it was when Dr. Frank E. Gaebelein pioneered the School over 90 years ago. My family and I greatly look forward to joining the SBS community.”