Admiral Farragut Academy is pleased to name a new Chair of its Board of Directors. Ashley Patterson Beaty will succeed Christian Wagner who is leaving the board after 10 years of dedicated service, 7 of which as Chair.
Patterson Beaty takes the helm as not only Farragut’s first female Chair but also its youngest. The historic college prep academy is confident in Beaty’s fresh ideas and strategic vision for the future of Admiral Farragut Academy. Ashley’s appointment comes as AFA embarks on a new strategic plan.
Outbound Chair Christian Wagner said, “Ashley is a proven achiever and leader, she is passionate about our school and its mission. Ashley is exceptionally well prepared to lead Admiral Farragut Academy into the next chapter of its storied history.”
Ashley has 15+ years of experience spanning government relations, policy, and communications. Prior to Ardeidae Group, she was Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at Ameresco (NYSE: AMRC) and served on its Disclosure Committee. Earlier in her career, she was a press secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked as a television news producer covering the White House and Congress for the Washington Bureau of Belo Corp. Ashley is also a recognized leader in national clean energy trade associations.
“As a Farragut alumna, I am honored to be appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors and to continue a legacy of success led by fellow graduates Christian Wagner ‘82 and George Michel ‘49. For more than two decades, I have felt a deep and abiding passion for Admiral Farragut Academy. It is a privilege to serve the Farragut community and to help steward our unique mission to educate and prepare young leaders for tomorrow,” said Patterson Beaty.
Ashley also served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and is on the Board of Trustees of the Farragut Foundation. In 2020, she co-led the international search for the new President and Head of School.
Patterson Beaty is a native of Treasure Island, Florida, and attended Farragut as a boarding student from 1996 to 2002. Ashley was among the earliest of young women to enroll after the school became coeducational in 1990. During her senior year, she served as Battalion Commander and was presented the MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism both from Boston University. She resides in Washington, D.C.
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We’ve had a fantastic beginning to the 2021-2022 academic year in best boarding school. Our beautiful 40-acre campus is bustling with positive energy, students are enthusiastic, teachers are excited, and the AFA staff is fully engaged. But most importantly, over the past month, our students have been outstanding members of our community! They have carried themselves with the flexibility, intelligence, and respect that all young leaders must possess. I am very excited to closely watch their continued development towards excellence over the course of the school year.
We are delighted to announce that Col. Robert Sprague, USMC (Ret.) has joined best boarding school the AFA community as our new Commandant/Dean of Students starting Monday, September 13, 2021. The Commandant/Dean of Students position is a vital leadership role. The person in this position is responsible for the alignment of the mission of Farragut and all student activities including student behavior, well-being, character development, and disciplinary process for students in grades 8 through 12.
Col Sprague joins us with an extensive background in best boarding school leadership and many years of dedicated service in the United States Marine Corps. In recent years, Col Sprague was Commandant at the Marine Leadership Academy in Chicago, and a Senior Marine Instructor at D.D. Eisenhower High School in Illinois. Previously, Col Sprague served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 23 years, including time serving as a Marine Officer Instructor for Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Officer training, and a Judge Advocate. Col Sprague also served as Chief of Operations, Joint Operations Center, U.S. Central Command where he supervised the Joint Operations center for more than 20 countries. Col Sprague has a B.A. in Political Science and American Literature from Manhattanville College, and a J.D. from Villanova University. Col Sprague will be an outstanding addition to our faculty and school community.
We would like to take a moment to thank Mark Buzby, RADM, USN (Ret), David Arms, CAPT, USN (Ret), and Garrett Gummer, CAPT, USN (Ret) for their guidance and advice through the hiring process. Serving as an advisory board, their all-important best boarding school experience and Farragut alumni status has been invaluable throughout.
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