Christian Central Academy in Williamsville has named a new head of school.
Thad Gaebelein, a former Army infantry platoon officer and assistant professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, will take the reins of the private, interdenominational Christian kindergarten through 12th grade school of more than 350 students, effective July 1.
Gaebelein succeeds Nurline A. Lawrence, who is retiring after 17 years as head of school.
Gaebelein earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1979 and served 14 years of active duty as a U.S. Army officer. He also holds a master’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University.
Following his military service, he was headmaster from 1993 to 1997 of the Stony Brook School, a private Christian boarding school in Stony Brook. He served as director of ethics and character development at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point from 1998 to 2007. After working as a writer and consultant for several years, he was headmaster from 2012 to 2014 of the Knox School, a private independent boarding school in St. James. Gaebelein is the author of two non-fiction books, “A Question of Character” and “A Woman at War.”