Robert Macrae will become New Canaan Country School's fifth head of school effective July 1, 2015.

Macrae has extensive academic training and 26 years of independent school experience. He has been a teacher, coach and mentor. He is an athlete, outdoorsman and a world traveler.

Macrae currently serves as head of school for Cincinnati Country Day School, a prekindergarten to grade 12 facility.

He previously had several senior administrative roles at The Pingry School in Martinsville, N.J., including as assistant headmaster, head of the middle school and head of the upper school.

During his time at Cincinnati Country Day School, Macrae led the school through dramatic improvements, increasing enrollment, endowment and diversity, and improving the school's college admissions and reputation. Among the initiatives he spearheaded were a technology program, curriculum mapping, strategic planning, mission skills assessment, a new professional development program and revision of the school's mission statement. He oversaw two major building projects and the launch of a $15 million campaign with $12.5 million raised to date.

Macrae earned a Doctor of Education in educational administration and a Master of Arts in educational administration from Teachers College-Columbia University, a Master of Arts in educational administration and policy analysis from Stanford University School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and mathematics/computer science from Wesleyan University.

He serves on the board of trustees for Breakthrough Cincinnati and previously served on the board of trustees of the National Breakthrough Collaborative. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools and served as the association's president from 2010 to 2013 and vice president from 2008 to 2010. He serves on the board of Queen City Foundation and previously served on the board of the Fund for Independent Schools, Cincinnati. He also previously had committee and board leadership positions for the Winston School, New Jersey SEEDS, the Darcy School and Cora Harshorn Arboretum.

He and his wife, Lynn Haviland Kennedy, have four children.

Macrae will succeed Timothy R. Bazemore, who will complete 14 years of leadership of New Canaan Country School at the end of this month. Bazemore will become head of school at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon.

Furthermore, G. Peter O'Neill Jr. will serve as interim head of school for the 2014-15 school year.

O'Neill currently serves as head of Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland, a position from which he will retire in June after 20 years. He previously served as head of Wooster School in Danbury, and has served as an interim head at Whitby School in Greenwich and Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, N.J. He has also held positions at The Marvelwood School in Cornwall and St. Peter's School in Worcester, Mass.

He graduated from St. Michael's College in Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in American studies and earned his master's degree, also in American studies, from Trinity College in Connecticut.

He will join NCCS in July.