Meet Our Next Head of School

I was initially attracted to Charlotte Latin because of its national reputation for academic excellence, but the reason I fell in love with the school is its strong sense of community.

Chuck Baldecchi,
Next Head of School

From the Board of Trustees

Dear Charlotte Latin School Families, Alumni and Friends:

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Chuck Baldecchi as the next Head of Charlotte Latin School, starting in July 2019.

This appointment is the culmination of a thorough, six-month, international search that introduced us to a remarkable pool of candidates. Throughout this time, the search team looked for an experienced leader who embraces educating the whole child and understands the importance of meeting each child's individual needs. From the discovery process (involving parents, teachers, alumni and friends of the School), important qualities were identified as crucial for our next Head. These included civility, kindness and grace. Chuck embodies these qualities, as well as the heart and soul of a teacher and a strong belief in independent school education. I am confident that Chuck will be a role model to our students, a leader of our faculty and staff and a voice for our community.

Chuck takes over leadership of Charlotte Latin School at an exciting time in our School's history. The 2019-2020 school year is also the year we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Chuck comes to Charlotte Latin School from The Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has served as the Head of School since 2004. The Lexington School is a co-educational preschool to grade 8 independent school. Chuck has a broad understanding of independent schools and twice led The Lexington School in a strategic planning process and the successful execution of plan goals. As Head, he accomplished significant enrollment growth and oversaw a notable increase in the school's annual fund, capital and endowment campaigns. He is currently an INDEX Group: Independent School Data Exchange board member and secretary, past president of the Elementary School Head Association and treasurer of the Kentucky Association of Independent Schools. Under Chuck's leadership, The Lexington School was a founding member of the Mission Skills Assessment (MSA), a cutting-edge assessment measuring skills such as time management, curiosity, ethics, resilience, creativity and teamwork. He is currently on the MSA steering committee.

Previously, Chuck served as Director of Admissions at The Asheville School, a co-educational 9-12 boarding and day school in Asheville, North Carolina. He taught English and coached at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and served as Summer Programs Assistant Dean of Students at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.

A Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University, Chuck received his Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He did his undergraduate studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with a B.A. in Economics and English Literature, and graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Shortly, you will receive communications from Chuck and more information about when he will be on campus in person. Please join me in offering the warmest of welcomes to Chuck, his wife, Erin, and their children, Bella, Alex and Cade, as they join the Latin community.

I am grateful to all who participated in the search process and extend great appreciation to the Head of the Search Committee, Eric Lloyd, for his commitment and diligence to find our next Head. Thank you to the Executive Search Committee members: Joycelyn Lavelle, Denny O'Leary '90, Jill Olmstead, Ernie Reigel and Thad Sharrett '89. I also thank the Faculty/Staff Advisory Committee, led by Lawrence Wall, including Lilla Austin, Ken Collins, Richard Fletcher, Donay Fullwood, Mary Gibson, Karen Glenn, Amanda Labrie, Courtney Oates, David Paige, Lauren Putman and Laura Thomsen for their assistance and dedication to this important task. They have given hundreds of hours to listening to our community, composing the position description, vetting candidates, reading information about applicants, speaking with references, and interviewing and getting to know candidates.

Thank you to the parents and faculty/staff who attended the discovery meetings with Spencer Stuart and completed the online survey. Your input was critical in shaping the position description and enumerating the qualities desired in the next leader of Latin.

I am also deeply grateful to Arch N. McIntosh, Jr., for his extraordinary leadership of our School for nearly 17 years, three of which I have had the pleasure of serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Arch's solid leadership, paired with a strong belief in civility and Honor Above All, has positioned Charlotte Latin School as one of the preeminent independent day schools in the South. His unwavering commitment to Latin's mission, to teaching excellence and to what has always made us Latin – educating the whole child – provides a solid springboard into the future. I look forward to celebrating Arch's tenure at Latin in many ways with many of you over the course of the coming academic year.

We look to next year and beyond with excitement as Charlotte Latin School enters a new era. We have much to celebrate – Arch's contribution to our School, our next Head, significant enhancements to our campus and, in 2019-2020, our 50th Anniversary.

Yours sincerely,

Jean Davis, Chair
Board of Trustees

Faculty & Staff had the opportunity to meet and hear from next Head of School, Chuck Baldecchi.

Letter from Jean Davis, Board Chair • November 2017

November 15, 2017

Dear Members of the Charlotte Latin School Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Charlotte Latin School, I write to let you know that Headmaster Arch McIntosh has informed the Board of his plan to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year. The length of his tenure here and the extent of his accomplishments are remarkable. Arch’s work has been centered on our students and the partnership with their parents in realizing our mission, but after almost two decades as Latin’s Headmaster and more than 40 years in the field of education, he looks forward to leaving his 5:30 a.m. alarm to history. He and his wife Jennifer will remain in Charlotte where they have strong family, church and professional ties.

Under Arch’s leadership, Charlotte Latin solidified its national reputation as an outstanding college preparatory school. He led two comprehensive strategic planning processes and spearheaded a multi-year campus master planning effort. He has overseen major renovations and such notable campus enhancements as the Horne Performing Arts Center, The Nest, the renovation of the Lower School and South Campus athletic facilities. Arch’s deep respect for and understanding of the importance of exceptional teaching has resulted in enhanced faculty professional development and sophisticated recruiting practices.

Arch’s genuine warmth in his interactions with the School community and his palpable enthusiasm for our mission have been defining characteristics of his time at Latin. His passion for leadership as a discipline is reflected in the creation of both the Hawks’ Quest experiential learning program and in Charlotte Latin’s school-wide leadership program. As a result of Arch’s focus on the evolving needs of the School, he has built an outstanding leadership team. It is difficult to distill a distinguished career into a few paragraphs; perhaps most notable, Arch instilled Honor Above All throughout the very fiber of Charlotte Latin.

The Board will oversee the search for Arch’s successor. There will be multiple opportunities for community involvement in the process as input from faculty, staff, parents, students and alumni will be essential. We will share more information with you soon.

The Board and I are confident that there will be a great deal of interest in this position, as Charlotte Latin School and Arch enjoy a national reputation for academic excellence. Our faculty and leadership team are exceptional. Our curriculum provides students with the tools they need for success in school and life. Our culture is strong and supports our shared Core Values. We greatly appreciate everything Arch has accomplished at Latin and are confident he leaves the School well positioned for the future.

Thank you all for your support of Charlotte Latin School.


Jean Davis, Chair
CLS Board of Trustees

Letter from Arch McIntosh, Headmaster • November 2017

November 15, 2017

Dear Members of the Charlotte Latin School Community:

I am writing to inform you that I will retire as Headmaster of Charlotte Latin at the end of the 2018-19 school year. This will mark my 18th year at CLS, my 40th year in independent school education, and my 43rd year in the field of education.

Jennifer and I consider ourselves to be incredibly blessed to be a part of this remarkable school community and to have had all three of our children attend Latin. Since our arrival on campus in the summer of 2001, Latin has become our second home. We value the relationships that have been forged here and the memories that we continue to make which will sustain us in the years ahead. I can honestly say that I have never taken a day of my employment at Latin for granted, and I remain deeply grateful to those responsible for making this opportunity possible for our family.

I am particularly grateful to the dedicated men and women with whom I have the pleasure of working each school day who grace our classrooms, offices and campus and who share my commitment to provide the finest possible education for our students. I also wish to acknowledge my great appreciation to our Board of Trustees with whom I am honored and privileged to serve.

There is much important work to be done over the next 18 months at the School to which I intend to give my very best efforts as will the members of my staff. I look forward with great anticipation to the time remaining and the work to be completed to ensure an even brighter future for our students.

Many thanks to all of you who have supported our efforts and whose personal contributions to the welfare of Charlotte Latin are immeasurable. Being a part of this school community over the past 17 years will always be one of the greatest treasures of my life.


Arch N. McIntosh, Jr.

On Monday, May 28, 2018, the Board of Trustees of Charlotte Latin School unanimously voted to appoint Chuck Baldecchi as Charlotte Latin’s next Head of School.

Search Committee

  • Eric Lloyd, Chair
    Parent '19, '21, '22
  • Joycelyn Lavelle
    Parent '19, '21, '22
  • Denny O'Leary
    Class of '90,
    Parent '19, '22
  • Jill Olmstead
    Former Trustee,
    Board of Visitors,
    Parent '12, '15
  • Ernie Reigel
    Former Trustee and Board Chair,
    Board of Visitors,
    Parent '04, '08, '14
  • Thad Sharrett
    Class of '89,
    Parent '18, '20, '20

Faculty / Staff
Advisory Committee

  • Lawrence E. Wall, Jr.
    Head of Upper School
  • Lilla Austin
    Kindergarten Teacher,
    Parent '12, '10
  • Ken Collins
    Upper School Mathematics Teacher,
    Parent '95, '97
  • Richard Fletcher
    TK-12 Art Department Chair,
    Class of '85,
    Parent '26, '28
  • Donay Fullwood
    Middle School Mathematics Teacher,
    Parent '12
  • Mary Gibson
    Third Grade Teacher & Team Leader,
    Parent '06, '09, '11
  • Karen Glenn
    Upper School History Teacher,
    Parent '18
  • Amanda Labrie
    Upper School English Department Chair
  • Courtney Oates
    Director of News and Publications,
    Parent '17, '21
  • David Paige
    Head Strength & Conditioning and Wrestling Coach,
    Parent '28
  • Lauren Putman
    Middle School History Teacher,
    Parent '29
  • Laura Thomsen
    TK-12 Physical Education Department Chair,
    Parent '15, '19

Search Firm
Spencer Stuart

Lead Consultants
Chuck Jordan
Michele Haertel
Alden Barsness