TO: The BMA Community
RE: Head of School Announcement
FROM: Willy Booker – BMA Board Chair
DATE: September 11, 2015
I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of Jory Macomber as the next Head of School at BMA. Follow this link to a public announcement that has been issued to Ski Racing simultaneouly with this note. As many of you know, Jory is a BMA alum (’80), alumni parent, a former Board member and Board Chair at Burke. He is a dedicated Burkie with a deep understanding and appreciation of our community and our relentless commitment to being the very best ski academy in the world.
As detailed in the press release, Jory will join us from USSA where he currently serves as Head of the USSA TEAM Academy and Vice President of Athlete Career and Education based in Park City. Jory will take over for Kirk on a full time basis after graduation this June, but will have a significant presence on campus prior to that time to work closely with Kirk and the BMA Staff on transition planning. He and his wife Martha, just celebrated their 25th anniversary and are extremely excited to join the BMA community. Please join me in a warm advance welcome for Jory and Martha!
Some key highlights of Jory’s career include:
- As the press release underscores, Jory brings strong relationships with the US Ski Team/USSA leadership including the resounding endorsement of Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of USSA.
- Prior to his current role at USSA, Jory spent 20 years at the Holderness School, where he served as a teacher, a ski coach, the Director of Snow Sports, rose to the position of Assistant Head and then spent one year as Acting Head of School.
- Jory expanded the Holderness Snow Sport program to include over 70 students, coaching future Olympians, US Ski Team members, national champions, and NCAA All-Americans. Under his tenure half a dozen Holderness athletes qualified to race at Topolino or the Whistler Cup.
- Jory competed at a very high level in ski racing and was an All-American at Dartmouth where he was also captain of the ski team.
- In addition to his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, Jory holds advanced degrees in Education from both Columbia and Brown.
Jory is uniquely qualified to continue the tremendous success that BMA has seen under Kirk Dwyer and throughout its history. He will undoubtedly bring excitement and energy to an already dynamic community. Our recent Capital Campaign, “Funding the BMA Way” was concluded in the fall of 2014, and the campaign not only allowed us to make strategic and much-needed campus improvements, increased funding for professional development and increased the annual percentage of financial aid, but also increased the school’s endowment to over $5 million. We began the 2015-16 academic year with two notable new hires in Tomas Karlsson, formerly the Head Men’s Coach of the Swedish World Cup Team and now returning to BMA as Program Director; and Jeff Fergus, a former US Ski Team World Cup coach now coaching our FIS men. Burke is in a great position with a lot of momentum.
I would like to thank BMA students and staff who have participated in the process over the last three days culminating in the recommendation and ultimate approval of Jory’s candidacy by the Board of Trustees. I would also like to thank Ken Graham and the entire Search Committee for their efforts over the last two months in leading this search. In closing, I would also like to thank all the highly qualified candidates who participated in this process, especially our alumni candidates who have demonstrated their care and passion for BMA through their extensive efforts in this process.
BMA Board Chair