Dear Farragut Community,
Recently, Capt Fine informed the Farragut Board of Directors that he had been advised to take a much-needed leave of absence due to some health concerns. Because of the unprecedented times we are experiencing, the Board did not want the Headmaster position to remain vacant during Capt Fine’s absence. The Board has retained an Interim Head of School, COL Donna Brazil to serve until Capt Fine returns in mid-November.
As a short introduction, COL Donna Brazil is a retired Army officer, having served over 30 years in various assignments culminating as a Professor and Deputy Department Chair at the United States Military Academy. She earned her BS from West Point and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Since retiring from the Army, she has been working in executive education and leadership development.
As the 2021 school year ends, Capt Fine has decided to pass the torch of leadership as Head of School. The Board appreciates his dedication to the leadership of Farragut for 25 years. It is the Board’s vision that Capt Fine will take on another role within the academy as we continue to succeed. We know that there is never a perfect time at which to make a change in leadership, but we are tremendously grateful to Capt Fine for all he has done for Farragut and wish him a speedy recovery so that he may return soon to finish out the school year.
The Board is currently interviewing search firms and will commence a search for a new Headmaster in the upcoming months. They expect to receive applications from both internal and external candidates.
COL Brazil has arrived on campus and is excited to work together with the Farragut community. We ask that you, as parents become very familiar with the new procedures that have been put in place to enable us to live and serve during this pandemic. Student and staff safety is our top priority. While some of the new procedures and requirements will cause minor inconveniences, we are confident that together, we can push through to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all of us.
We ask that you respect Capt Fine’s privacy and his recuperation by refraining from contacting him during this period. COL Brazil can be reached at 727-384-5501 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Wagner, Chairman, Board of Directors
COL Donna M. Brazil, Ph.D., US Army (Ret.), Interim Head of School