After 18 years at the helm of New Roads School in Santa Monica, Dr. David Bryan has announced he will step down as president and head of school at the end of the current school year.
“New Roads is a unique place and has, since its inception, navigated the complexities of challenge, opportunity and imagination,” Bryan said.
“We are expanding and building new facilities, and we remain fully committed to our founding mission of providing engaged and innovative progressive education to a diverse community representing the full cultural richness of Los Angeles.”
Bryan will be succeeded by Walter Landberg, the current head of school at the Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Mass., who will take over at the start of the 2013-14 school year, according to school officials.
“Walter has demonstrated, through his years of dedication to education, and specifically during his past 11 years as head of school at the aptly-named Innovation Academy, that he has the rare combination of vision and talents to imagine and create an ever more dynamic New Roads,” says Bryan.
During his tenure at Innovation Academy, Landberg presided over the expansion of the school from 175 students in grades 5-8 to over 600 students in grades 5-12. In addition, he orchestrated the purchase of the school’s 200-acre permanent home and oversaw development of a master plan for the property and implementation of the first phases of campus construction and expansion.

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