“The privilege of serving as UCC’s head of school has been the highlight of my career, and the decision to make next year my last has been difficult,” Power said. “I’ve been blessed to work with great boys, a wonderful group of teachers and staff members, a very dedicated Board of Governors, and a warm and welcoming community of parents, alumni and friends of the College.”
Power was originally appointed principal in 2004 and re-appointed in 2012. His decision to leave the College and return to the United States is for personal reasons, including family obligations to aging parents and being closer to his children.
“I am extremely proud of all that has been accomplished over the past 11 years, strengthening the College’s position as one of the foremost independent boys’ schools in the world,” said Andy Burgess ’83, Chair of the Board of Governors. “UCC has outstanding and committed Board and management teams in place. I am confident that Jim and the leadership team will ensure that the transition to a new head will be a smooth one.”
Burgess cited several significant achievements at Upper Canada College over the last decade, including:
“It’s never easy to see a respected and charismatic leader like Jim leave an institution,” said Burgess. “But thanks to his unwavering commitment to raising the bar and positioning the school for the future, UCC is in a strong position – in robust financial health, with innovative academic and co-curricular programming, solid graduate placement and sector-leading admission demand. Jim has also helped to introduce a balance to the College. While always focused on the pursuit of excellence, he has also made it a happy and nurturing place to learn. ”
“I am sure you will join me in wishing Jim all the best, and we’ll have plenty of time to celebrate and thank him for his great work at the College,” added Burgess. “With three boys who have graduated from UCC and one more to graduate this year, Jim and his wife Mary will be forever connected to our community.”
The College’s Board of Governors will strike a committee for the search for Upper Canada College’s 19th principal. The Board will also retain a consultant to ensure a wide and comprehensive search is undertaken for Power’s successor.