The 1978 valedictorian of the Boys' Latin School in North Baltimore will end his career in military intelligence to become the school's new headmaster, the board of trustees has announced.
Scott K. Gibson III, 42, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, will assume the school's top post after headmaster M. Mercer Neale III retires in June. Neale has been headmaster since 1994.
Gibson was unavailable for comment. He said in a statement that he wants to give back to his alma mater, which provided him and his classmates with "excellent classroom instruction" and "lessons in character."
Boys' Latin, which serves 627 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is Maryland's oldest nonsectarian boys school.
Because of the nature of Gibson's work, the school was unable to release details about his current assignment or say where he is living, said school spokeswoman Leslie Heubeck.
The oldest of three brothers to graduate from Boys' Latin, Gibson earned a bachelor's degree in biology and graduated first in his class at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., according to information provided by Boys' Latin. He is fluent in French, German and Latin and has earned three master's degrees and is working on a doctorate.
Gibson has taught undergraduate statistics, economics and U.S. history at military posts in Kuwait and elsewhere abroad at satellite campuses of Northwood University and the University of Maryland.
He was also selected as an applied research fellow at the RAND Corp., a public policy think tank.
"He brings a perspective to the school that has never been there before," said J. Duncan Smith, president of the school's board of trustees. Smith said Gibson was selected for his "leadership, global perspective, incredible administrative acumen, personal commitment to academics and passion for his alma mater."
Gibson was one of nearly 50 applicants, Smith said. The recruiting firm Educator's Collaborative and a 12-member search committee of board members, a parent and an alumni association representative screened applications.
Gibson will be the second alumnus to serve as headmaster in the school's 160-year history. The first was Jack Williams, who held the position while Gibson was a student.
Gibson's career has taken him to five continents, Heubeck said, but his parents and a sister remain in the Baltimore area. He has a wife, a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.