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Manlius Pebble Hill School leader says he’s retiring next spring

By Journal Staff


Jim Dunaway
Jim Dunaway

MANLIUS, N.Y. — Jim Dunaway is retiring as head of school at Manlius Pebble Hill School (MPH) at the end of the coming school year.

“By next spring, at my fifth MPH graduation, I will be 70, and it is time to turn over the reins to a younger leader who can guide this great school into its bright future,” he wrote in a letter to the school’s board.

John Mezzalingua, president of the board, responded with a note expressing his admiration for Dunaway, noting that the school’s financial situation and enrollment has stabilized during his tenure.

“An already strong academic program is even stronger at all levels. In addition, the school successfully underwent the periodic two-year process of reaccreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and remains the only NYSAIS-accredited school in Central New York,” Mezzalingua wrote.

He said the MPH board would oversee the search for a successor to Dunaway, “and there will be multiple opportunities for community involvement in the process; input from faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni will be essential.”


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