St. Mary’s Ryken Names New Dean of Academics

St. Mary’s Ryken Names New Dean of Academics

Leonardtown, MD – St. Mary’s Ryken announced this week that Brad Chamberlain has been named the Dean of Academics. Mr. Chamberlain comes to SMR with a wealth of experience in curriculum development and school administration for high-performing schools in the Ohio area.

“I am excited to meet and get to know the school community and to continue the fine tradition of excellence St. Mary’s Ryken has established,” said Mr. Chamberlain. “This is a wonderful professional and personal oppor-tunity for me, and I am thrilled to have the chance to work and learn alongside the teachers and students and help them advance the overall academic program of the school.”

Mr. Chamberlain earned his bachelor’s degree in English from George Washington University and his master’s degree in education administration from Ohio University. He has a secondary education teacher certification from Denison University.

Mr. Chamberlain began his career at Cardington High School (Ohio) as an English teacher for grades 9-12.  Mr. Chamberlain continued his career in the Ohio school system as an assistant principal, assistant principal for academics and secondary curriculum director. 

“St. Mary’s Ryken is proud of our excellence in academics and strong faculty-student relationships,” said SMR Principal Rick Wood.  “I am confident that Mr. Chamberlain will help to strengthen and progress our long-standing college preparatory, honors and scholars programs as well as provide strong leadership for our stu-dents and faculty.”

SMR also welcomes Dawn Carroll as the chief advancement officer and Betsy Haley as the director of market-ing and communications.

Mrs. Carroll is an SMR alumnus and native of St. Mary’s County. She joins the staff with a strong background in engagement, communications and sponsorship. Her experience spans into both public and private sectors, and with her out-of-the-box-thinking strategy, she will increase awareness of the SMR mission and be an ad-vocate for future campaigns.

Mrs. Haley also is a St. Mary’s County native and recently relocated back from Baltimore with her family. She joins the staff with an extensive background in project management, communications and building and main-taining brand equity. She will spread the news about the SMR brand and student experience through the de-velopment and execution of internal and external marketing campaigns.

St. Mary’s Ryken is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school community operated under the Xaverian Brothers’ sponsorship dedicated to academic excellence and individualized student growth. Stu-dents come from many different counties across the region including Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, King George, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s. Each year, approximately 99% of graduates go to college, and the Class of 2015 earned $17 million in college scholarships. To learn more, visit

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