Academy at Charlemont names interim head of school

CHARLEMONT —Academy at Charlemont graduate Nell Todd of Ashfield has recently been appointed to serve as the interim head of school for the school year that begins at the end of the month.

News of Todd’s appointment has been posted on the school’s website. However, there is no news there about former head of school, Mark E. Efinger, who was appointed to the headmaster post only a year ago.

Todd, who grew up in Ashfield, graduated from the Academy in 1993, after attending school there for six years. She has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Carleton College in Minnesota and a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

After graduating from the Academy, Todd interned for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and worked on the passage of the National Service Trust Act, which established AmeriCorps.Throughout college, she helped promote the program and afterward, served in the Peace Corps, in Ghana, for two years. In Ghana, she lived and worked with a rural community to provide water and sanitation infrastructure, raising local money for that purpose, and raising additional money to build a school.

Since then, she has managed several USAID-funded projects aimed at strengthening local governments in Eastern Europe and Africa. She has spent the last eight years at Deloitte Consulting Services, advising agencies that have included the U.S. State Department, World Bank, Special Inspector General for Iraq reconstruction and the General Services Administration, according to the Academy’s online news release.

She has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

David Epstein, a 1987 graduate, and chairman of the Academy’s board of trustees, said that Todd will be expected to provide overall leadership of the school this year, and to work with the academy community to shape the school’s future, with the goal of creating a five-year strategic plan.

“Working with Nell these past years, I have benefited again and again from her wise counsel and have been moved by her love for the school,” said Epstein. “I am personally thrilled that she will be leading the school next year, and the entire board of trustees joins me in that sentiment.”

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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