The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) Board of Trustees announced Friday the unanimous appointment of David Pearson as the school’s next Executive Director.

Mr. Pearson is uniquely qualified to carry on MSSM’s tradition as one of the top residential math and science schools in the nation due to his impressive history of leadership. Pearson will assume the position of Executive Director on July 1, 2018.

“Mr. Pearson is an impressive individual with a depth of leadership experience that distinguished him in the search process,” said MSSM Board Chair Dr. Jason Judd. “His spirit embodies MSSM’s ambitions and we are excited for him to apply his energetic style to build on the legacy of this unique institution.”

Mr. Pearson, a native of Worcestershire, England, served as a British Army Infantry Officer before coming to the United States in 1999 with his wife, Mary Anne, who is a Maine native. He then had a long career at Kents Hill School, quickly rising from social studies teacher to department head, academic dean, and finally assistant head of school. Mr. Pearson served as president of Carson Long Military Academy from 2013 to 2016. Throughout these experiences, Mr. Pearson distinguished himself as a person of vision, integrity, ambition, and limitless energy.

“I am both humbled and honored to accept the position of Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. MSSM is an exceptional school with a splendid history of accomplishment that has been powered by a faculty and staff who are dedicated to making a difference to the lives of students each and every day,” said Mr. Pearson.

Mr. Pearson’s hiring concludes a national search that began when the current Executive Director, Luke Shorty, announced that he would leave MSSM after the 2017-2018 academic year to join his wife, Lisa, as she completes medical school.

“Mr. Shorty has worked tirelessly to advance MSSM’s mission in Limestone and across the state,” said Dr. Judd. “We are deeply grateful for the dedication and energy he has given to MSSM over the past seven years. We wish him and Lisa all the best, and we look forward to following the success of their careers.”

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