Dear has been a member of the Long Trail and Northshire communities for more than seven years, according to a statement released by the school on Tuesday, Jan. 22, announcing the transition. Prior to his initial appointment as interim head of school, he served as the chairman of Long Trail's board of trustees. Dear resigned from his trustee post to lead the school in the 2012-2013 school year.
Prior to working at Long Trail, Dear spent 26 years in executive roles in the fields of finance and banking.
Dear has been married to his wife, Janie, for 34 years and has two children - Taylor, a senior at Montclair State University in New Jersey; and Lillian, who is currently a senior at Long Trail School.
According to the statement, the board of trustees was delighted with Dear's work at the school during this year and eager to move ahead under his leadership.
With the school approaching its 40th year of existence, the board undertook this selection with care and consideration for all that is needed in the school's leadership. This process was particularly deliberate as the school has only entered into this process twice since its founding, the statement said.
The school was founded in 1975 by David and Rene Wilson, and began in a rented one-room space with 14 students. It occupies a 60,000 square-foot facility in Dorset with more than 50 faculty and staff members, according to its Web site. The independent school offers instruction from grades 6-12.