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The Potomac School Announces New Headmaster

John J. Kowalik is the 14th head of the school.

The Potomac School has announced that John J. Kowalik, headmaster of The Peck School in Morristown, N.J., will be the next head of school beginning July 2013. 

Larry Culp, chairman of Potomac’s board of trustees, said in a statement, “John Kowalik is a wise and gifted educator, with a rare combination of inspirational leadership capabilities and exceptional management skills. He is the right leader to build on (current head) Geoff Jones’ remarkable achievements at Potomac during the last 13 years.”

For almost 30 years, Kowalik has served as a teacher, coach and leader at two independent schools. During his 10 years as headmaster of The Peck School, Kowalik led an academic program and cultivated a nationally recognized character formation initiative.

Prior to joining The Peck School, he was dean of school and assistant headmaster at Delbarton School in New Jersey. Kowalik taught Advanced Placement European History and Advanced Computer Applications. He was also a successful football coach, compiling a 138-29 record in 16 seasons, including two state championships and nine conference championships.

Kowalik’s education includes the Executive Management Program at Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School, an MA in Educational Administration from Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Williams College. He is a past trustee of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.

“I am thrilled and honored to join the Potomac community and continue the strong growth and academic programs that have made Potomac one of the finest schools in the nation,” Kowalik said in a news release.

The Potomac School, founded in 1904, is a K-12 co-ed independent school located in McLean. The student population numbers 1,015.

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