LAKE PLACID - National Sports Academy has announced that Jeffrey Pratt Beedy will begin serving as headmaster there on July 1.
Beedy succeeds David Wenn, who will retire after 35 years of service to the school.
In February, Beedy, who holds a Master's and Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, was selected by a search committee comprised of NSA trustees and staff members who found that Beedy's qualifications, experience and recommendations made him a strong match for the school and its long-range plans, according to a press release. Beedy will come to Lake Placid from the Korea International School, where he has served as founding headmaster at South Korea's $1.8 billion Global Education City. Previously, he was head of St. Martin's School in Louisiana and the New Hampton School in New Hampshire.
Jeffrey Pratt Beedy and his wife Karyn
Beedy has undertaken research and published extensively on sports-based education, leadership in education and global education, and he plans to implement his Positive Learning Using Sports and Learn to Lead programs, encouraging NSA student-athletes to mentor local elementary students through sports, music and literature.
Also, Beedy has an appreciation of NSA's unique mission and niche in the independent school world.
"Having had 18 Olympians go to the Olympics a total of 31 times is quite an achievement," Beedy said in a prepared statement. "NSA's athletic programs for elite athletes are well established."
Beedy and his wife, Karyn, a professional musician and co-author of "Music PLUS," said they are excited to become part of the Lake Placid community. They plan to move to Lake Placid in July.