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New leader chosen for The Oakwood School


Dan P. Quesnel


By Brian Wudkwych
The Daily Reflector

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Oakwood School officials announced the appointment of Daniel P. Quesnel on Monday as the school’s next head of school, effective on July 1.

Quesnel will take over for current head of school Rob Peterson, who is set to retire, school officials said.

Quesnel comes from Lewisville, where he worked at Forsyth Country Day School since 2007 in various positions. He started off as a middle school teacher, coach and general counsel before working his way up to school director in 2013.

"It was going to take a special opportunity at a truly exceptional school for my family to leave our home at FCDS,” he said. “In visiting The Oakwood School and meeting the people here, it became quite clear what a special place Oakwood is. I could not be more excited for the chance to lead Oakwood and have my family become part of such a wonderful community."

At FCDS, Quesnel designed and implemented STEM-related elective courses and worked with the school’s academic center to ensure students receive appropriate services and accommodations.

He also created an annual two-week cross-cultural exchange with schools from China and Europe.

Quesnel’s unanimous selection was made by the school’s Board of Trustees as well as the Head of School Search Committee.

The nationwide search lasted six months and the school was assisted by independent school search firm Wickenden Associates. Forty-seven candidates applied for the position.

A Welcoming and Transition Committee as well as Peterson will work with Quesnel during the course of the next several months.

“The entire search committee was mindful of the importance of this decision given the exceptional leadership displayed by Rob Peterson throughout his 10-year tenure with our school,” school officials said in a news release. “Oakwood looks forward to Mr. Quesnel’s inspiring leadership next year as ‘we seek to instill in our students the strength of character, the creativity, and the wisdom to make a difference in the world.’”

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