Grady Vigneau Named 47th Headmaster of Bridgton Academy

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Bridgton Academy announces Grady Vigneau as the 47th Headmaster Elect. Vigneau will replace current Headmaster, David Hursty, in June of 2008.

The Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Graydon E. Vigneau, Jr., as the 47th headmaster of the school. He will replace current headmaster David N. Hursty who will retire in June, 2008.

"I am pleased to announce Grady Vigneau's appointment as Headmaster Elect of Bridgton Academy. He brings a special combination of leadership, experience, and passion that will fit the needs and culture of Bridgton Academy extremely well," said Kevin Hancock, President of the Board of Trustees. "Grady is an excellent 'DNA' match for our school, and he will be well received by our students, faculty, alumni, and friends. I am excited both for Grady and for Bridgton Academy."

Vigneau earned a bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire, and a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University. He has spent the past 29 years in a variety of leadership roles in education, including that of coach, and as president and director of the Vermont All-Star Sports Camps, which he founded in 1982. In addition, Vigneau spent two years as a management consultant for Bain & Company in Boston, MA, prior to becoming the owner and manager of the Round Hearth, LLC, in Stowe, Vermont, an organization which includes lodging, diverse recreation programs, sports instruction, arts, and educational events, in 1988. This combination of business expertise and entrepreneurial savvy, coupled with his inspirational mentoring of young men both in and out of the classroom, that Vigneau brings to this position will benefit all constituencies in the Academy community.

"I am humbled by my appointment as the 47th headmaster in the storied 200 year history of Bridgton Academy. The many opportunities that lie ahead for our great institution are exciting to consider," said Vigneau. "I look forward to honoring two centuries of history while working fiercely to ensure that the Academy's third century is characterized by unwavering pride, strong loyalty, and the continued delivery of unparalleled value for our deserving students and their families."

Vigneau will make several visits to the Bridgton Academy campus in the coming months before officially assuming his responsibilities as headmaster this summer. He will live in the on-campus residence of the headmaster, Fernald House, with his wife, Merry, and their four young adult children.    


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