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CHARLOTTE PREP NAMES EDDIE MENSAH NEXT HEAD OF SCHOOL
Education leader with international background takes helm of K-8 college prep school July 1
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Eddie Mensah, Charlotte Preparatory School’s next head of school, is truly a man of the world. As a 16-year old, the native of Ghana went to an international baccalaureate boarding school in Canada. He came to the United States at 18 with just a small suitcase and 12 Canadian dollars to attend college in Pennsylvania, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Following in his Ghanaian mother’s footsteps, Mensah embarked on a teaching career in Philadelphia before arriving in Charlotte, where he has served as Charlotte Prep’s head of middle school since 2013.
On July 1, Mensah will take the helm of Charlotte Prep, a K-8 college preparatory school that serves an international and multicultural student body and places its graduates in top high schools in and outside of Charlotte.
Charlotte Prep’s Board of Trustees voted to offer Mensah the position after conducting an independent assessment of the school’s operations and community led by Jim Wickenden, president of Wickenden Associates, a national retained search firm for independent schools.
“Naming Eddie head of school enables us to continue building momentum in meeting our strategic plan objectives and offering an exemplary educational experience for our students,” said Ben Wilhelm, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Eddie's depth of experience in school leadership and culture-building, his passion for K-8 education, and his extensive range of skills and abilities will serve Charlotte Prep well as we continue to grow and continuously improve.”
Mensah looks to build on a foundation built by Blair Fisher, head of Charlotte Prep since its transition to a not-for-profit school in 2012.
“I am humbled by the level of confidence and trust that the Board places in me,” said Mensah. “I am also encouraged by the level of support I have felt from our community. We are poised to do amazing things for our students.”
Prior to joining Charlotte Prep four years ago, Mensah was director of programs at Steppingstone Scholars, a grade 4-12 Philadelphia program that prepares talented children from low-income families for admission to public and independent schools that provide educational opportunities leading to college. The multifaceted educator managed its operations, faculty and budget, and reviewed academic curriculum.
Mensah began his career at Abington Friends School, an independent Quaker secondary school in Jenkintown, Penn. He taught math, coached soccer and was a member of admissions and diversity committees.
Mensah received his bachelor's degree in economics from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade college-preparatory institution founded in 1971 that attracts approximately 375 students from throughout the Charlotte region. Charlotte Prep fosters lifelong learning and provides an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community.
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