Message From The Headmaster

July 2021

Dear Members of the BWL Community:

I am writing to let you know that I will be concluding my term as Headmaster on June 30, 2023. I have enjoyed and learned much from my three-decade career as head of BWL, and I will always be grateful for this remarkable experience. 

The Birch Wathen Lenox School’s mission as a traditional and nurturing school will continue to inspire me. Words cannot capture how greatly we have all been enriched by the School’s philosophy. I feel deeply honored to have presided over this unique community, and the evolution of two schools with storied legacies—Birch Wathen and Lenox, thirty years ago—as they came together to become a singular institution, focused on excellence. The values that we all share have endured, and BWL continues to thrive.

Throughout this unusual year, the faculty, staff, our dedicated school nurses, and the group of administrators known as ExComm, have worked tirelessly in order to deliver rigorous and enriching academic programming to our students, both in-person and online, despite the pandemic. So far, the relatively small number of cases of Covid-19 in our community has been managed efficiently through early detection, and nimble reallocation of resources, without any significant gaps in the curriculum. BWL has risen to the occasion with innovation and resilience, and I am especially proud of our efforts during this difficult time.

You may be wondering why I have chosen to announce the end of my term so far in advance of 2023. During the past decade, private schools have found that two academic calendar years are necessary in order to conduct the fullest executive search possible. This amount of notice is widely considered a “best practice” by independent school leadership.

You can count on BWL's educational commitment to continue in the years ahead—the resolve of this fine institution is unwavering. Once plans for my post-BWL future have been finalized, I will let you know what I will be doing. I wish to reiterate my immense gratitude to our parent community, and look forward to expressing my thanks personally as soon as we are all able to meet safely at BWL.

Sincerely Yours,

Frank J. Carnabuci III



Frank Carnabuci Jr. III

Mr. Carnabuci has been the Head of School at The Birch Wathen Lenox School since 1992. In addition to his administrative duties, he has taught a Political Union course, and a course on Protocol. He is currently teaching an Honors English course called The Outsider in Literature. He established the School’s Swimming, Squash and Lacrosse teams, created the STEM Initiative and the Archaeology curriculum, and developed the Overseas Studies and Peer Relations programs. Most recently appointed to the council board of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has also served on the governing boards of the Rippowam Cisqua School, The Brick Church School and Drew University.