Brookstone Schools Names John Murray Head of School
Charlotte, NC – Brookstone Schools, a private Classical Christian school educating underserved K-8th students in Charlotte, NC, announced it has named John Murray as its new Head of School. Mr. Murray currently serves as the President of Imago Dei Leadership Forum in St. Louis, Missouri. He starts his new role on July 1, 2020, succeeding Steve Hall.
Upon accepting the position, John said, “It is with great excitement I accept the Board of Directors’ call to serve as Brookstone’s next Head of School. Viewing each student as a unique image-bearer of God, the School seeks to fulfill its mission to glorify God by equipping underserved students academically, socially, and spiritually for future lives of leadership and service. It is for these reasons and more that I look forward to joining Brookstone’s Christ-centered, academically challenging community—influencing student leaders to affirm their identity and faith in Jesus and learn the importance of loving others as image-bearers of God.”
Libby Kelligrew, Brookstone’s Board Chair, endorsed John, stating: John is a Christ-centered visionary leader who is passionate about children and committed to the ideals and principles that Brookstone embodies. He values cultural competency and respects differences. We are confident in his leadership and ability to lead Brookstone to the next level in growth, academics and glorifying God. Brookstone is truly blessed to have John as its next Head of School.”
Brookstone, a K-8 Classical Christian School, housed in First Baptist Church on Davidson St., currently serves 185 students from Charlotte’s underserved neighborhoods. They are known for their exceptional levels of academic success. The current 3rd grade reading level proficiency is at 91%. (For perspective, the public school 3rd grade level of reading proficiency is at 39% and their underserved population scores are at 29%).
It has been noted by observers that, “Brookstone’s board, administration, faculty and families have built a remarkable educational institution. The school turns dreams into reality as it shapes the characters and nurtures the souls of God’s precious children. It’s 20-year commitment to academic excellence is inspiring in this city.”
About John Murray
John has 25 years’ experience in the education profession, 17 of which were as Head of School (Central Christian, St. Louis, MO; Fourth Presbyterian School, Potomac, MD; Santa Fe Christian Schools, Solana Beach, CA; and Saint David’s School, Raleigh, NC). In his Head of School roles, he has been responsible for a range of leadership, operational, academic and development duties.
John has extensive experience in impacting the broader community through film-making, writing and speaking. His 8th grade course, In Whose Image?, powerfully speaks into the lives of young men and woman and has served as a thought-provoking curriculum for the Imago Dei Leadership Forum. John’s documentary, Think About It: Understanding the Impact of TV-Movie Violence, was nationally distributed for more than a decade by numerous organizations (including Focus on the Family and Active Parenting). His articles addressing education, history, politics, media, and youth culture have appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
John earned his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and his Master’s degree from Dartmouth College. He and his wife Barbara have four children.