Following a nationwide search, Edward M. Ellison became the 11th Head of School at Cape Fear Academy on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Ellison takes over after his predecessor, Don Berger, retired from Cape Fear Academy with eight years in the role.
“I am humbled, honored and excited to be following in the footsteps of Don Berger and his outstanding predecessors, each of whom has left their own imprint on this wonderful school,” Ellison said. “I was hooked on CFA when I discovered the school’s commitment to academic excellence, opportunity, community, and character development. I knew right away that Cape Fear Academy was the kind of school community in which I wanted to serve and lead.”
Ellison’s independent school career spans two decades, including serving as a head of school, a financial administrator, a teacher of mathematics and economics, an admissions officer, a class dean and varsity coach. Most recently Ellison served as the executive director for the office of alumni relations at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Prior to his work at Tufts, some of his work in independent school includes serving as the head of St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, Fla.; the director of finance and operations, admissions officer, teacher, class dean, varsity coach and advisor at the Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Mass.; and as a teacher, varsity coach, advisor and dorm parent at Milton Academy in Milton, Mass.
After receiving his bachelor’s, cum laude, from Tufts University, Ed joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of captain. After leaving the Marine Corps, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.