CENTREVILLE — The Board of Trustees of Wye River Upper School are pleased to announce David Mullen has accepted the offer to become the interim head of school, effective July 1.

Mullen brings more than 40 years of experience educating, building and leading schools. He holds a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Maryland and is retiring from The Nora School after nearly 30 years as its head of school. Nora is a small college preparatory high school with a mission to nurture students who “think differently,” similar to Wye River.

Wye River Board of Trustees Chair Alexa Seip said, “It is crystal clear that Dave Mullen is the right person at the right time for this job as interim head ochool. His wealth of experience and leadership in the world of education will serve WRUS well.”

Mullen led the Nora School through a permanent move which involved a large capital campaign, the purchase of land and construction, and bank financing, a process not foreign to Wye River. He then expanded student enrollment by 50%. Notably, he guided his faculty and staff through several successful accreditations from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education. He also used his extensive training to implement a successful mindfulness and meditation program that helped Nora’s students better manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Mullen said, “I’ve long admired Wye River Upper School from afar .... I appreciate the work that Chrissy Aull has done to move Wye River to the forefront of Maryland schools,and want to help them maintain that momentum as they search for a permanent head of school in the coming months.”

The Board said Mullen’s expertise and wisdom position him well to lead Wye River Upper School in the upcoming school year as they hold a national search for a permanent Head of School.

Seip said, “Dave’s positive demeanor will bring a purposeful mindfulness during this period of transition for Wye River that will be welcomed. We look forward to his presence on campus and in our community.”

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