Sixth Head of Browning Announced

Dr. John M. Botti, Browning’s sixth Head of School

October 15, 2015

Dear Browning Community:

On behalf of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John M. Botti, Associate Headmaster of Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, as Browning’s sixth Head of School since its founding in 1888. He will begin his term on July 1, 2016.

Dr. Botti’s appointment comes as the culmination of a process which began last winter when Headmaster Clement announced his intention to retire. John’s appointment was recommended by the Search Committee and unanimously endorsed by the Board of Trustees.

You will hear from John directly in the coming weeks, but know that the Committee and Board were impressed by his independent school credentials, his devotion to educating boys, and his ongoing success in promoting academic excellence. A graduate of Williams College, John also holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. His 16-year tenure at Landon, the prominent boys school outside Washington, D.C., has included roles as a history teacher, coach and, for the last five years, Associate Headmaster. We were also impressed that John oversaw a highly regarded program in ethics at Landon which organized weekly speakers and integrated parents and alumni into the conversation about character education. He and his wife Eliza live on campus with their two sons. Prior to Landon, John taught history at Salisbury School, a boys boarding school in Salisbury, Connecticut.

We thank the members of the Search Committee for their hard work and milestone contribution to the School over the past eight months and acknowledge our search firm, Spencer Stuart, for their assistance in this important endeavor. We invite you to join us in welcoming John and his family during a visit to Browning later in the school year.


Samuel J. Weinhoff P ’10, President, Board of Trustees


Valda M. Witt P ’20, ’22, ’26, Chair, Search Committee


Search Committee

Michael P. Beys ’89, P ’25, ’27, Trustee; President, Browning Alumni Association

Wendy W. Brooks, P ’16, ’18, Trustee 

Paul A. Burke, Trustee; Head of School, The Nightingale-Bamford School

David E. Glaymon, P ’25, ’28, Trustee

Celeste A. Guth, P ’19, Trustee 

Ling S. Kwok, P ’20, Trustee 

Alka K. Singh, P ’18, ’20, Trustee