Community School of Naples announces new leader

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The Community School of Naples announced Monday the appointment of David Watson as its new head of school.

Watson, who becomes the school's fifth permanent leader in February, was selected from an initial field of 90 candidates identified by a search through Educator's Collaborative, LLC, according to a release from the Community School.

"It was quite clear to the search committee and the board that Dr. Watson will embrace and respect CSN's unwavering dedication to academic excellence and the school's mission," said John Allen, president of the school's board of trustees.

Watson has 18 years of experience as a head of school — 10 years in Houston and Boston and eight in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Oman.

He also served as the senior academic advisor to the Ministry of Education for the government of Croatia and is currently a consultant at a new international school in Moscow. He holds several degrees, including a doctorate of philosophy in English literature from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Watson's appointment as leader of the Community School marks a milestone in its history, Allen said.

"As an institution, we are poised for, and pointed towards, a new era of excellence," he said.

Watson replaces Interim Head Denny Grubbs, who took over in July after former Head of School John Zeller left the post.

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