Commencement Ceremony speaker and honorary degree recipient announced

April 06, 2017

Mark Reed, a nationally ranked private school leader and trustee for several regional and domestic boards, will speak during the spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6. During that time, he will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Education.

A native of Montana, Reed received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in education administration and independent school leadership from Columbia University.

He currently serves as head of school at Charlotte Country Day School and on several board of trustee committees including: Teachers Fellowship Institute (TFI), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Foundation for the Carolinas, and Carolinas HealthCare System. He is a field professor and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Klingenstein Center, Columbia University, as well as the Board of Advisors for Carney, Sandoe & Associates.

During his tenure at Charlotte Country Day School, Reed has enhanced campus safety, developed a multiyear Strategic Plan, increased endowment to $54 million, hosted several public art exhibits, improved athletic fields and campus aesthetics, and established an all-school convocation, Parent Speaker Series, and Science Outreach Program. In fall 2014, he was elected into the Headmasters Association, a highly selective professional organization comprised of the top-100 private school leaders.

In addition to his accomplishments in education, from 1986 until 1993, Reed performed as a world-class high jumper competing in the international track and field circuit.

This year’s commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m., on Tate Lawn. For more information, please visit

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