WESTPORT — Bob Whelan, a longtime educator who most recently served as associate head of school at Lake Forest Country Day School in the suburbs of Chicago, was named the next Greens Farms Academy head of school on Wednesday.

Whelan will succeed Janet Hartwell, who has been head of school since 2003, effective July 1.

“From the moment I set foot on campus I was impressed by the energy, joy and incredible sense of community,” Whelan said in a statement.

“I was inspired by the faculty and staff, the core values and a school that puts students at the center where they’re known and engaged as true partners in their learning.”

Whelan is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a master’s degree in Education, Policy and Management from Harvard University.

Prior to his work at the Lake Forest Country Day School, Whelan, a Maine native, was a professional musician and a director of development and assistant head of school at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, N.Y.

“During the in-depth interview process over several stages, Bob’s energy and enthusiasm for Greens Farms and its mission were evident to all,” the GFA board of trustees said in a statement.

“Greens Farms Academy is poised for a bold and bright future. We are excited he will join our family next year.”

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