Olney Friends School announces the appointment of Christian Acemah as the new Head of School. Acemah most recently served as the Executive Director & Special Advisor to the Board for the Uganda Nation Academy of Sciences (UNAS) in Kampala, Uganda. His proposed start date is Aug. 1.

Acemah, a 2001 graduate of Olney Friends School, has spent over a decade working in various higher educational institutions and international and non-profit organizations. Prior to his role at UNAS, he acted as Director of Strategy and Program Development at the U.S National Academies Institute of Medicine, Visiting Professor of African Studies at Quest University, Senior Research Associate at Georgetown University, and Executive Officer of Policy and Research at Gavi,The Vaccine Alliance, a partner organization with UNICEF.

"The board is… excited by Christian’s energy, enthusiasm, and professional experience not only in education but also in fundraising and outreach. He has been successful at achieving "buy in" among a wide range of stakeholders to secure financial and programmatic stability at nonprofit organizations," as stated by Olney Board of Trustees Co-clerks, Dottie Churchwell and Mimi Kramer.

"We are excited by his belief in the continuing importance of an Olney education and the difference Olney graduates make in our world. Christian believes many of his successes have been built on the educational and spiritual experiences he had as an Olney student."

Olney Friends School is a progressive, independent college preparatory, co-educational boarding school located in Barnesville, Ohio. Rooted in Quaker values for over 180 years, Olney Friends School challenges students to grow, celebrates intellectual vigor, provokes questions of conscience, and nurtures skills of living in community.