Celebrating Dr. Russell's 13 years as head of school and his new role as executive director of The Windward Institute

More than 200 Windward parents, alumni, alumni parents, trustees, faculty and staff members, and friends joined The Windward School’s Board President Ellen Bowman in honoring Head of School Dr. John J. Russell at Guastavino’s under the Queensboro Bridge on the evening of May 4. The event was held to celebrate Dr. Russell’s 13 years leading Windward and to congratulate him in his next role as the inaugural executive director of The Windward Institute beginning July 1.  

“Being Head of The Windward School is the most meaningful and rewarding position I have ever held during my 47 years in education,” said Dr. Russell. “It has been a distinct privilege to work with such professional and dedicated colleagues, staunchly supportive and appreciative parents, and wonderful students. I look to the future with a clear focus, steadfast commitment, and an unwavering sense of purpose. I look forward to my new role at our extraordinary School and hope that you share my optimism for the future of Windward.”

In the past 13 years, Dr. Russell has made enormous contributions to Windward including the construction of the Windward Teacher Training Institute building and Maureen A. Sweeney Auditorium on the Westchester Middle School campus; the establishment of a Windward campus in Manhattan; the 113% increase in enrolling students that need a Windward education; and, most importantly, as Board President Bowman stated, “the preservation and integrity of what Windward does best–remediating children with language-based learning disabilities and returning them to mainstream settings.” 

“Dr. Russell did not come to Windward to stay the course; he charted a brand-new course,” expressed Board President Bowman. “Because of his leadership and steady hand at the helm, this School has continued to flourish. I am so eager to see where his intelligence and passion will take The Windward Institute.”


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