May 6, 2021

Dear members of the EDS community,

At EDS, we are very blessed to have a Head of School now completing 18 years of loving, faithful service to our community, especially when you learn that the average tenure for a Head is just over 8 years. However, we know all too well that nothing is permanent. As you can read in his letter attached, just before the Masters break Dr. Ned Murray wrote to Father Clarkson and me that his 19th year, the 2021-22 school year, will be his last at Episcopal Day School.

Ned’s contributions to EDS are immeasurable and his retirement has been well-earned.  His vision for education and vision for the future of EDS have shaped and prepared this school and our students for an uncertain future. With his leadership, we managed to weather a once in a century pandemic and did so exceedingly well. EDS transitioned to distance learning seamlessly, thanks of course to the hard work of all our teachers and staff.  With proper planning and foresight EDS became the area's only 1:1 technology school, enabling the school to train and experiment with “cyber days.”  As a result, EDS’s transition to distance learning became a model in education.

Of course, that’s just one of the most recent examples of Ned’s foresight and one that so many of us already recognize. Ned was a driving force behind the search and acquisition of new land to allow the school to expand its programming. That process began in 2005 with the need for space to support an expanding and thriving middle school athletic program.  Over time, Flowing Wells not only became the premier multi-sport playing field in our region, but also a campus with wide-open spaces designed to welcome community gatherings and outdoor hands-on learning for our students.  The Flowing Wells Campus master plan is a vision that evolved over a decade and the end result is an asset to our entire community.

On behalf of the EDS Board of Trustees, and the five other Board Chairs who have had the honor of serving with him, we extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Ned for his nearly two decades of incredible service to our school and church.  As a result of his devoted, steadfast leadership and responsible stewardship, the EDS that awaits Ned’s successor is well poised for its next phase of growth and accomplishment.  And of course, thank you to Lucy and the Murray boys for sharing Ned.  He has dedicated much of his time, passion, and attention to our school community for many years.

The search process for Ned’s successor has already begun. I have asked Trustees Dennis Trotter ‘92 and Kirby Yawn to lead a search committee and engage a search firm on behalf of the Board.  There will be more to share in the weeks and months to come.  For now, we say thank you to Ned and look forward to one more year of his guidance and leadership.


Frank Anderson
Chair, Board of Trustees
Episcopal Day School


Dear Frank and Ted,

With mixed emotions I am writing to inform you that I will be stepping down as Episcopal Day School’s Head of School at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.  By then our team will have fulfilled our vision for integrating the Flowing Wells Campus and we will have navigated through the worst of the pandemic. Lucy and I decided last summer that those milestones would be a fitting time for a transition to retirement. It has been the greatest professional and personal privilege to serve EDS and this community. We are grateful for the foundational education our boys received and the community of wonderful friends and colleagues who have partnered with us on this nineteen-year journey.

I am especially grateful to the faculty and members of the Board of Trustees, past and present, who have been dedicated and principled partners in leading the school through nearly two decades of remarkable growth, transformational change, and nimble responses to changing conditions. Among some of the more notable of our accomplishments, we have:

  • Clarified our vision of education and strengthened the curricular scope and sequence.

  • Brought intentionality to our focus on life skills and the unique value of PK-8.

  • Significantly expanded enrichment classes, clubs, summer camps, and athletic offerings. 

  • Built a team of top talent and nurtured a faculty culture marked by collegiality, research, professional growth, and student-centered innovation.

  • Promoted a culture of data-informed decision-making, including the implementation of annual analysis of ERB scores and parent surveys and the creation of annual performance dashboards for every school administrator.

  • Enhanced the educational environment by attracting students and faculty members from diverse backgrounds, as indicated by the 16 - 20 zip codes in our student body, 25% of our families receiving endowment-supported financial aid (up from 9% in 2004), 18% student racial diversity (up from 4% in 2004), and 13 current faculty members who relocated to Augusta to work at EDS (up from 1 in 2004).

  • Achieved consistent annual progress and financial stability, including 17 straight years of balanced or positive budgets and growing the school’s endowment from $500,000 to over $5,000,000.

  • Redesigned all outdoor space at the Walton Way Campus. Envisioned, acquired, built, and integrated the transformational Flowing Wells Campus-- including the region’s first Nature School--supported by the most successful independent school capital campaign  in the region ($7.3 million to date).

As we emerge from the pandemic to whatever the “new normal” brings, these accomplishments form a firm foundation on which to build the future of EDS. By the end of next year, it will be time to revisit our strategic plan, begin the re-accreditation process, and recast the  vision for EDS’s role in the post-pandemic world. This seems a good time to pass the baton to a new leader. I will do anything I can to support the search and a smooth transition.

Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this school’s rich history and traditions. Together we have accomplished a great deal, yet I am certain that the best years for EDS lie ahead. 


Dr. Ned R. Murray
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