The Master's School Announces New Head of School

Following an extensive national search, the Board of Trustees of the Master’s School is very pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Mike Beck as our next Head of School beginning July 1, 2021. Dr. Beck will succeed Mr. Ray Lagan who has faithfully served as the Head of School for the last six years. We truly believe God has led Dr. Beck to seek out The Master’s School and we are eager to see the Lord’s continued work in this new season.

For the last 14 years, Dr. Beck has served as the Head of School at The Dunn School in Los Olivos, California where he has successfully reinvigorated the school into a thriving institution through strategic plan development, sustainable financial models, successful fundraising and leadership growth from within. From 1997-2008 Dr. Beck served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, Director of Development, Assistant Head and Director of External Affairs and Strategic Planning at the Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts.

Prior to his career in education, Dr. Beck served in the United States Navy where he had a distinguished 20-year career and rose rapidly to the rank of Commander. During his service he worked as the Strategic Planning Advisor to the superintendent of the US Naval Academy, as an advisor on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, developed a curriculum for leadership that was taught at the Pentagon, commanded two naval ships and from 1995-1997 was the Commanding officer of the USS Constitution. In this capacity he executed the sailing of OLD IRONSIDES for the first time in 116 years on her 200th birthday.

Dr. Beck received a B.S. degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science in National Security Strategy degree from the National War College, and his PhD in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

Laura Coverstone and Ed Poff of JobfitMatters have assisted the Board of Trustees and the Search Advisory Committee, including members of the faculty, current and past parents and alumni, in the Head of School search process. Close to 40 highly qualified candidates from across the United States expressed interest in this position, which affirmed the tremendous opportunity for growth that exists at The Master’s School and in this community. As one of three final candidates invited to visit the campus, Dr. Beck was well received by the faculty, staff and students.

“Dr. Beck’s educational leadership experience, his deep faith and Godly character, his belief in educating the whole child, his expertise in Strategic Planning and Development, and  his full support of our mission and core values make him the right person to lead the Master’s School into the future,” said Kathryn Kay, chair of The Master’s School Board of Trustees. 

“I am both humbled and excited about being selected as the next Head of School at The Master’s School. My wife, Maura and I thank the Board of Trustees, the Search Advisory Committee, and the faculty and staff for their rigor and thoughtfulness throughout the process. With clarity of mission to glorify Jesus Christ, we look forward to joining the school community in developing the whole person according to the Holy Bible. May God continue to bless The Master’s School.”

Mike and his wife have a heart for building community from within and to that end they have chosen to reside on campus. We look forward welcoming Mike and Maura to The Master’s School community.
The Master’s School is an independent, college-preparatory, non-denominational Christian day school enrolling children in preschool through post-graduate in West Simsbury, CT.

The Master's School opens its doors to all qualified students regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.