On February 14th, Head of School Rick Hardy announced that Robert Munro has accepted Concord Academy’s offer to fill the new position of Dean of Academic Program and Equity.
As Hardy described in his email, “In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Rob will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This work includes the development of personal responsibility in cultural competency institution-wide, and awareness of thoughtful stewardship of our world and its critical resources. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity.”
Munro previously worked at Middlesex School, where he taught in the History Department for eight years and directed the school’s Global Studies program since 2016. In addition, he has coached boys’ squash and tennis and served as a dormitory assistant. Outside of Middlesex School, Munro serves as a member of the Board of Governors at the Concord Museum, an appointed member and clerk for the Concord Center Cultural District Committee, and a co-president of the Robbins House.
In his announcement, Hardy highlighted several reasons why the search committee thought Munro was the best person for this new position. He stated, “The CA community praised Rob [Munro]’s experience with a wide range of teaching modes, and his enthusiasm for extending the love of learning beyond classroom walls through experiential opportunities and partnerships with local, national, and global institutions.”
Additionally, his ability to think strategically with both individuals and groups regarding difficult issues stood out to the search committee. Not only is he skilled with “cross-departmental collaborations” but also showed a deep understanding of how “representing a school externally ties into developing a more diverse faculty.”
Concord Academy looks forward to welcoming Robert Munro to the community and is excited about the new perspective he will bring to campus regarding both “how to build a new program, as well as a broad range of experiences thinking about equity and inclusion.”