CENTREVILLE — At the annual meeting of the Association of Independent Maryland and D.C. Schools, the membership elected Gunston’s Head of School John Lewis to serve as the board president beginning Aug. 1, according to a news release.

Founded in 1967, AIMS is the primary accreditation, advocacy and professional development organization for 122 private independent schools in both Maryland and Washington, D.C., the release states. It serves schools representing about 50,000 students and 12,000 employees, including Gunston, Wye River Upper School, Radcliffe Creek School, Kent School and the Country School.

“AIMS is one of the most innovative and rigorous regional associations in the country and I’m grateful to play a role in supporting it. Within any society, a diversity of high-quality educational options is essential to a strong educational infrastructure. AIMS supports schools with a range of missions and student populations,” Lewis said in a statement.

Peter Baily, executive director of AIMS, said Lewis continues a tradition of excellence in AIMS board leadership.

“He has distinguished himself by his wisdom, strategic thinking and attention to the advancement of our member schools. John did a stellar job as the leader of our AIMS Commission on Accreditation, and I know he will do the same as he assumes board leadership this summer,” Bailey said in a statement.

Lewis, who has served as the Gunston School’s headmaster since 2010, recently completed a two-year term as the AIMS board vice president and is the former chairman of the AIMS Commission for Accreditation.

“In addition to his commitment to the Gunston School, its students and families, John always considers the institution as a whole and our responsibility to the health and growth of education, and to independent education in particular. In the role of president, John’s leadership and vision will guide AIMS’ continued advancement and development as a leading independent education association,” said Assistant Head of Gunston Christie Grabis, who also serves on the AIMS Commission for Accreditation.

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