Tacoma, Wash. — Following a competitive search process, Charles Wright Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of Greg Bamford as the school’s first Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation.
“Greg is an extraordinarily talented educator and innovative thinker. He will elevate the work we are doing at CWA to become educational thought leaders. I am very excited to have his strategic thinking in our learning community,” said Head of School Matt Culberson.
Mr. Bamford comes to CWA from Boulder, Colorado where he serves as Head of School at Watershed School. During his time at Watershed, enrollment grew by 82 percent and the school earned Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) accreditation for the first time in the school’s history. Mr. Bamford and his team strengthened the school’s program by launching a global study program for every high school student, investing in new math and arts offerings, and leading successful fundraising campaigns for arts and engineering spaces.
As co-founder of Leadership+Design, a nonprofit that works with schools nationwide to foster educational innovation, he has been a featured speaker at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools Annual Conferences, as well as the Enrollment Management Association Annual Conference.
Holding a master’s of education in educational leadership from Columbia University, a master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College, and a bachelor’s in English and philosophy from Georgetown University, Mr. Bamford began his career as a coach, advisor, and upper school English and history teacher at Hawken School in Ohio, and The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington.
“I’m excited to return to the Pacific Northwest and join Charles Wright Academy. The school has a national reputation, beautiful campus, and a well-balanced program rooted in a commitment to the liberal arts. It’s the kind of place where I would have loved to teach, and I’m looking forward to helping build the school’s future and foster a culture of learning for everyone on campus.”
Mr. Bamford is married to Shannon Armitage, a family therapist and PLU alumna, and has two children who will start at Charles Wright Academy this fall.
When he assumes the role on July 1, Mr. Bamford’s responsibilities will include enrollment management, professional development, and technology strategy. He looks forward to joining the CWA community to help advance the school’s mission.