FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy’s board of trustees has appointed Joseph R. Manning as the academy’s next head of school.

Joseph R. Manning was named next head of school at Fryeburg Academy.

The trustees’ unanimous decision resulted from a rigorous search process by the board’s search committee. The committee and consultants conducted a stakeholder survey, met on campus with over 60 stakeholder groups, authored a report on the next head of school’s necessary traits, and engaged with Manning through extensive interviews.


“Joe Manning has been at Fryeburg Academy for 19 years; few school leaders have his degree of familiarity with every aspect of school operations,” said Chris Gordon, president of the board of trustees.

Manning has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and environmental science from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine. In recent years, Manning’s community engagements have included terms on the board of directors for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation and the Tin Mountain Conservation Center.

The following eight months will be used as a planning phase to ensure an organized leadership transition, with Manning stepping into the new role at the beginning of the school’s 232nd year of operating on July 1, 2023.

Manning, his wife Maria, and their four children will reside on campus and continue their full engagement in campus life.

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